Grangemouth news from Thursday, May 21

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KHR Service

The service on Sunday at the Kirk of the Holyrood will be conducted by the Minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. The Grangemouth Council of Churches, Pentecost service will be held in KHR at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The Summer Walking Group’s is on every Tuesday- all walks leave from KHR car park at 6.30 p.m. Jubilee Project for Nepal are holding a prize bingo in Scott’s Bistro on Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost 50p and all donations of prizes will be gratefully received. If you can help, please see Betty Sutherland, Liz Brown or any member of the Outreach Committee.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met on Tuesday, May 12, in Talbot House, President Adam McPhail greeted the members with a special welcome to Rotarians Jim Hunter and Nigel Harris who were joining us this morning. Before introducing the speakers Drew Wilson and Archie Smith from the Magic Circle, Adam thanked our member Willie Shanks for donating his projector for the use of speakers who address our meetings. Archie addressed the members first of all, giving the members a history of magic as an art form and how the magic circle was formed world wide with members practising the various forms of the art. Drew then told members how he preferred close up magic or table magic and astounded the members with a serious of mystifying card tricks. This was followed by Archie also doing a serious of coin disappearing tricks. In between astounding the members, the magicians answered questions regarding the grand illusions seen on TV and who, in their opinion, has been the best magician down through the decades and who was their personal favourite. The vote of thanks to the gentlemen for grandly entertaining us was given by Albert Gray. The next meeting is on Tuesday when the guest speaker is Country Park Ranger Lesley Sweeney.

Rotary Club

Mary Pitcaithly, Chief Executive of Falkirk Council, well deserved the ovation accorded her at last week’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth. It followed her illuminating discourse, a veritable tour-de-force, on last September’s Independence Referendum when she undertook the onerous responsibility of acting as Scotland’s Chief Returning Officer. Her audience was rather larger than normal as it was the club’s annual partners’ lunch. But she held it spellbound and enthralled by her informative, and at times humorous, account of the run-in to the big day, and with it all the work entailed - 84 per cent of the four million persons entitled to vote having gone to the polls when, by coincidence, the percentage vote in the Falkirk authority area mirrored the national vote - 55 per cent “No” and 45 per cent “Yes.” She was thanked on the call of Iain Mitchell. President Jim Stirling was in the chair and presented representatives of various charities and organisations with cheques, proceeds of the club’s Sportsman’s Dinner in February, to Bill Patrick (Pancreatic Cancer), John Mortimer (Multiple Sclerosis Society), Laura Campbell (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) and Frances Ainslie (Maggie’s Centre, Forth Valley Royal Hospital). Angela Gillies from Strathcarron Hospice was unable to be present but the cheque will be forwarded. Sandy Jack reported that the Scots Night, held the previous week, realised approximately £1275 for the club’s Shelterbox Appeal, three boxes having been purchased a week or two earlier to help the victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

Food Faith

Calling all those who are young at heart come along to Abbotsgrange Parish Church, Abbots Road, Grangemouth on Sunday, May 24 from 4 to 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. Our Wednesday walk is a health walk and Otago session, run by Step Forth walk leaders, starting 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