Grangemouth news from Thursday, May 14

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Learning Forum

Grangemouth Adult Learning Forum is holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. prompt in the Community Education Unit, Abbots Road. The meeting is open to all past and present class participants. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. If you cannot attend this meeting and wish to convey your apologies, you may do so by contacting the Community Education Unit on (01324) 504585 (during office hours).

Grangemouth RNLI

The Grangemouth Branch of the RNLI thank all who supported their May Day Coffee Morning on Saturday, May 9. The wonderful sum of £526 was raised. Thanks also go to Tesco in Redding and their customers for their support and generosity at the store collection on May 8 and 9. The sum raised was £1003 which will go towards the work of RNLI.

Abbotsgrange Church

There will be a Coffee Morning in the church hall on Saturday on behalf of Grangemouth 1333 Spitfire Squadron Air Cadets from 10 a.m. to noon, admission can be paid at the door so please come along and support this very worthwhile youth organisation. The service on Sunday will be taken by the Reverend Neil Barclay. Reverend Gohar will be attending the Church of Scotland General Assembly. Sunday School and ABC will take place during the service and as usual the creche will be available. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. There will be a retiring collection on behalf of Christian Aid Nepal Earthquake Appeal. The Christmas Crafters are holding a strawberry and cream coffee morning on Saturday, May 30 in the large hall. Admission is £2 and should be paid at the door.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle. Bible Study at the manse on Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. there will be a presentation by the Church of Scotland HIV Programme Team, who will tell us how they use donations, including those from our recent Souper Sunday. This Sunday’s service is at 11.15 a.m. and will include the Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade Closing Parade. Sunday School and crèche meet. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. You can see Alison in the hall, or she can be contacted by phone on (01324) 336729 or e-mail for more information.

KHR Service

The service on Sunday will be conducted by the Minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. Christian Aid Week - we are looking for four volunteers to ‘Shake A Can’ at ASDA and the Town Centre on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you can help please see Liz Brown.

Zumba Classes

Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall (just before the TA centre), running from 11.15 a.m. to noon both days the classes are suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a lower pace/ impact zumba class. Zumba with Carol takes place at Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Contact Carol at for more information.

Rotary Club

The role of Forth Valley College to meet the ever-growing and ever-changing demands of the 21st century was described for members of Grangemouth Rotary Club at its meeting last week by the college principal, Dr Ken Thomson. In a wide-ranging, fluent and comprehensive address he described how ‘Making learning work’ was more apt than ever as the college sought to establish the needs of industry and commerce and meet those needs for the benefit of the local and national economy as well as those of the individual students, 90 per cent of whom left the college with a fixed purpose, further studies or a job. The vote of thanks was offered by Jim Wilson. Members, their partners and friends enjoyed an old-fashioned Scots Night at the Abbotsinch the following evening when, following a hearty meal they relaxed to the music of Chapter 4, the folk group headed by local historian Ian Scott. Today (Thursday) Mrs Mary Pitcaithly, chief executive of Falkirk Council, will address the club at its annual partners’ lunch which will begin 15 minutes earlier at 12.30 p.m.

Food Faith

It hardly seems like two months since our last event but here we are again. calling all those who are young at heart to come along to Abbotsgrange Parish Church, Abbots Road, Grangemouth on Sunday, 24 May from 4-6 p.m. where you can get creative with crafts by making paper airplanes, decorating cupcakes or decorating lanterns, think about your faith in a different way. work up an appetite and have someone else make your meal and wash your dishes. We look forward to seeing you there.

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. 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 email