Grangemouth news from Thursday, May 8

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Plant Sale

Grangemouth Horticultural Society’s annual sale of plants in the town centre’s shop unit No 71 is from May 12 to 17. The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a large selection of annuals, herbaceous, perennials and shrubs for sale. Society members look forward to meeting you and appreciate your support in the past and hopefully in the future.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend Lorna MacDougall. Reverend Donald Scott is providing pastoral cover until Tuesday, May 13. Material for the next issue of the Church magazine should be with Catherine Weir by Sunday at the latest. The finance committee will meet tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. The Congregational Board will meet on Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. A Silent Auction will be held in the church hall on Friday, May 30 at 7 p.m. Donations of goods (no clothes) can be brought to the hall on any Sunday morning. Collection of items can be arranged by phoning any of the following – Jessie Crosson (01324) 486408, Helen Binnie 483695, Julia Marshall 483155 or Lesley Lyon 471983. Morning worship next Sunday will be conducted by Woody Speirs and will be a Songs of Praise service. The Sunday School also meets. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. No Vestry hour consultation.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Reverend Aftab Gohar will conduct the service at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday. The Sunday School and ABC meet at the same time. Crèche facilities are available as usual and tea and coffee will be served after worship. There will be a retiring collection for Christian Aid. The Christmas Crafters are having a Strawberry Cream Tea (with coffee) in the large hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets are priced at £2 or you can pay at the door. The minister is available for pastoral care after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109 or e-mail for more information.

Rainbow Church

Grangemouth’s Rainbow House Spiritualist Church will be holding services at its South Shore Road premises tonight (Thursday) at from 7.30 p.m. with guest medium Jean Spears and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with guest Billy Black. Healing is available before both services from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Royal Engineers

The next meeting of the Royal Engineers Association Forth Valley branch will take place tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30 p.m. in the RBLS Club in Dundas Street. All Sappers and new members are most welcome.

Prize Bingo

Beancross Primary School is holding a prize bingo in the school hall on Monday. Doors open 6.30 p.m. and eyes down 7 p.m. prompt. Admission 50p (includes tea & biscuits). Please come along and have a fun night.

Rotary Club

The impact of scouting on his life was the theme of Sandy Jack’s ‘Focus Interview’ before members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth last week. The interview was conducted by past president John Ralph who elicited from Sandy, another past president, his progress from the cubs into the scouts, and rising to senior positions locally and nationally within the movement, involving him with several visits with scouts from this area to Africa, partially sponsored by the club, to assist with much-needed building projects in co-operation with scouts there. And his family’s home furnishing business, developed over several generations, was also highlighted during a most interesting interview. Richard Watt proposed the vote of thanks. Assistant District Governor Ken Robertson, of Cumbernauld Rotary Club, was in attendance to see new member Stuart Comrie inducted into the worldwide movement, the club’s fourth within recent weeks.

KHR Service

The service at Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. The Summer Walking Group is on every Tuesday. All walks leave from KHR car park at 6.30 p.m. Prayer Across Scotland for the General Assembly in Edinburgh on May 17 is holding a service at three churches, Bo’ness Old Kirk today (Thursday) at 10.30 a.m., Brightons Parish Church, on Thursday, May 15 at 7.30 p.m. and Kirk of the Holy Rood, Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. The Easter appeal for Buskit raised £406 so far, again thanks to everyone who contributed to this special cause.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met in Talbot House on Tuesday, April 29, President Harry Dougall welcomed members and gave an apology from the booked speaker James Clark from the Polmont Ski Slope who, due to work circumstances, was unavailable but did promise to fulfil another date for us. Due to this arrangements had been made for our own member Joe Love to give a presentation on his hobby of philately. Joe gave a talk on the set up of the early postage arrangements in Scotland and set up tables with examples of the local postage identification dating from the late 19th Century into the early 20th Century. Joe also let members see some of his vast collection of photographs of “old Grangemouth” dating from that period. He then answered many varied questions from the members with the vote of thanks given by Bill Trevis. The next meeting is on Tuesday, May 13, when the speaker will be Alan Doherty on ‘Japanese Society’.

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.

Nature-Fest Events

Pond-emonium, Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at the Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, booking required e-mail

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, May 11 the morning service will take place at 11 a.m with Mr Bill Black from Falkirk as speaker. The evening service at 6.30 p.m. welcomes Mr Alistair Dickson from Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh as speaker. All welcome.

Step Forth

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) There will be no Otago classes on Wednesday, May 14 or May 21. 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