Grangemouth news from Thursday, May 7

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Grangmouth RNLI

The Grangemouth Branch of RNLI is holding its May Day coffee morning on Saturday in Abbotsgrange Church Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. Come along and join us for a chat and some home baking with your coffee. There will also be a Cake and Candy stall, RNLI souvenirs on sale and try your luck at the Tombola stall. Tickets price £2 are available from committee members or you can pay at the door.

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. Christian Aid Week which runs from May 10 to May 16. We are looking for four volunteers to shake a can in ASDA and the town centre on Saturday, May 16 between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you can help please see Liz Brown.

Rotary Club

Last week’s speaker at Grangemouth Rotary Club has completed the London Marathon, climbed Ben Ledi a fortnight before his talk, cycled across Ireland on a tandem, completed a marathon - and, by the way, he’s blind! That was the modest yet inspirational message imparted to a most receptive audience last week by Ken Reid on behalf of the Royal National Institute for the Blind. He told members one in 30 of the population has some form of sight loss but in itself blindness ought not to restrict anyone’s activities, given the proper support to get out and about. That may include volunteers supporting persons suffering depression and mental health problems caused by loneliness. The volunteers help to get those persons out and about. Next year Ken is to undertake a cycle challenge which will take him from Edinburgh to London via Belfast and Dublin. Following questions Ken was thanked on the call of Roger Salvesen. Members are looking forwward to Friday evening’s Scots Night at the Abbotsinch and last week authorised the immediate purchase of three Shelterboxes to be dispatched to Nepal where several thousand persons lost their lives last week.

Zetland Church

Last Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle. Over 20+ meet at 6.30 p.m. in the church on Sunday. The guild is having a cream tea afternoon on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets priced £3 are available from Anne Philip, Helen Binnie and June Kemp. Willing helpers for the tea and coffee rota in May should please see Norma Borwick or add names to the list in the hall. Sunday’s Service is at 11.15 a.m. 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.

Probus Club

On Tuesday, April 28 Grangemouth Probus Club met at Talbot House where President Adam McPhail welcomed the members before introducing the speaker - our own member Tom Robertson, an artist of repute outside of his home town for his paintings of sea craft from sailing riggers to present day ships serving the oil industry. Tom explained long before he even lifts up his brushes the amount of historical preparation he has to make and the detailed planned drawings he creates. Tom also explained the points artists take into consideration before starting, such as “double point perspective”, “internal vanishing points”, “no perspective” and “perspective to function” he showed examples of each of these in some of his many paintings he brought to show the members. Tom answered many questions before receiving a vote of thanks from Tom Fish on behalf of the members. The next meeting is on Tuesday will feature speaker Drew Wilson from the Magic Circle.

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 and 8 p.m. Contact Carol at for more information.

Horticultural Society

Grangemouth Horticultural Society will hold their annual sale of plants at the shopping precinct shop unit no. 71 from May 11 to May 16. The shop will be open on the weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a large selection of annuals, herbaceous, perennials and shrubs for sale. The proceeds of the plant sale help finance the three shows we run annually. The society members look forward to meeting you and appreciate your support in the past and hopefully in the future.

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


Bowhouse Bridge Club is looking for new members. All will be made welcome, whether you can already play or would like to learn this fascinating card game. Pairs are ideal, but single players are equally welcome and will be found a playing partner. Please come along to the Bowhouse Hotel lounge on Tuesday evenings at 6.50 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start. For further information, please call John Paxton on (01324) 870985 or Rhoda Swan on (01506) 823705.