Grangemouth news from Thursday, November 6

La Port Precinct. Grangemouth
La Port Precinct. Grangemouth

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The ladies of the Share-a-Craft Group thank all who supported their Coffee Morning on Wednesday, October 15. The sum of £851.18 was raised. A donation has been given to Macmillan Nurses.

Young Portonians

Everyone in the Young Portonian Theatre Company is working very hard getting ready for its pantomime. Tickets will be on sale to the public from Saturday, November 8 in Grangemouth Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., then Monday, November 10 to Friday, November 14 in the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, November 15 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then they will be on sale at 71 La Porte Precinct from Tuesday, November 18 to Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. The panto this year is ‘Richard Wittington Esquire’, by Lillias Scougall, which will be held in Grangemouth Town Hall from Wednesday, November 26 to Saturday, November 29 at 7.30 p.m. each evening with a matinee performance on Saturday, November 29 at 2 p.m. If anyone would like any further info about this event please contact Evelyn Baker on (01324) 870757

Zetland Friends

The annual general meeting of the Friends of Zetland Park will be held on Monday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in the Community Education Unit, Abbots Road. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

Make It Happen (over 50s forum)

The local meeting of the Make It Happen Forum will be held in Municipal Chambers, Bo’ness Road on Monday, November 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Forum is an exciting way for over 50s to get involved, discuss ideas and concerns and to have a real voice in the community. Also, this month’s guest speaker will provide a presentation and discussion on power of attorney and guardianship which is interesting and thought-provoking. Everyone welcome and tea/coffee provided.

KHR Service

The Remembrance Sunday service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood will be on Sunday, conducted by the minister at the earlier time of 10.50 a.m. The retiring collection on this day will be for Poppy Scotland. The Kirk Session will meet on Thursday, November 6 at 7.30 p.m. The total donated to the Harvest Thanksgiving appeal stands at £586 which this year will go to The Vine Trust. Sunday is the last opportunity to return any remaining collection jars. On November 12 the KHR Woman’s Association is holding a flower arranging evening with guest speaker Catherine Carter, starting at 7.30 p.m.

Rotary Club

Grangemouth man whose wide knowledge of football, and its history, provided members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth last week with an insight into the improvement, even temporary, in the lives of many persons suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Many of them are resident in care homes and Michael White, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Falkirk, demonstrated in a PowerPoint presentation, how visits with a few colleagues to care homes armed only with football photographs of yesteryear, often brought about memory recall among those whose short-term memory was all but gone. Their long-term memory came alive, however, when shown photographs, some of the sufferers being able to recall effortlessly the names of entire football teams or other prominent sports personalities in their youth. This local initiative, which takes Michael all over the country, has been widely copied not only within the United Kingdom but overseas as well. The vote of thanks was proposed by Gibby Peddie.

Zetland Church

Last Sunday’s service was conducted by Reverend John Jenkinson. The social and fundraising committee is holding a family ceilidh on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. in Bowhouse Community Centre. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children, and are available from Julia Marshall on (01324) 483155. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. The Men’s Fellowship Old Boys’ Christmas Dinner is on Monday, December 1 at 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. in Grangemouth Golf Club. Menus are available from Jim Brough and Stuart Stirling, and should be returned by Sunday, November 23, together with the money (£13). Remembrance Sunday worship on Sunday will be at 10.45 a.m. and will be conducted by Reverend Donald Scott. Sunday School and tea and coffee will be served after the service. No Vestry Hour consultation.

Christ Church

The parishioners of Christ the King Church Grangemouth were pleased to invite the leaders of Group 77 of H.C.P.T. to accept a cheque for £700 to enable them to take a child to Lourdes this coming Easter. The church raised the money in various ways, including donations, raffles, knitted toys and baby blankets.

Food Faith

Ever wondered what to do as a whole family on a Sunday afternoon just as the shops are about to close? Well come along to Abbotsgrange Parish Church from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 30 for Fun Food Faith and find out or e-mail for more information.

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 and 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 from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information on classes contact Carol at

Abbotsgrange Church

The Reverend Aftab Gohar will conduct the Armistice Day Service at the later time of 10.45 a.m. on Sunday. The Sunday School and ABC meet at the same time. Refreshments will be served after worship. Neil Graham from the Vine Trust Project is the guest speaker at the guild meeting on Monday at 7.30 p.m. Ladies Circle coffee morning and sale of work takes place in the large hall on Saturday, November 15 between 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is £2. There will be no vestry hour this week but you can contact the minister for Pastoral Care on (01324) 482109 or e-mail for more information.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met on Tuesday, October 28 in Talbot House. Guest speaker was Lachlan McGowan who gave a presentation on Maggie’s Centres. He explained these centres were set up in the grounds of hospitals, although independent of them, as drop in centres for cancer sufferers and their family and friends to be used as an oasis where, as Lachlan says, they are treated to the 3 C’s - Calmness, Clarity and a Cup of Tea. These centres are staffed by professionals such as cancer support specialists, benefit advisors, nutritionists and psychologists as well as other support staff. These centres were the brain child of cancer sufferer Maggie Keswick Jencks and her family who saw similar centres in the USA and wanted to promote them in this country. Each centre is unique and individually agreed by an architect and local committee. Lachlan went on to explain about the new centre in the process of being built in the grounds of the Forth Valley Hospital and then answered many questions with a vote of thanks given by Charles Clason. The next meeting is Tuesday, November 11, when members are asked to gather at the centre at 10 a.m. prompt for the bus to visit Hampden Park Football Museum.

Scottish Dancing

Get your body and mind in shape! The local Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society class meets in a new venue in the church hall beside The Kirk of the Holy Rood, Grangemouth from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on a Thursday night. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on 01324-631363. More information about us can be found on the website

Walking Groups

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit, Grangemouth Sports complex every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m.(Please note that Monday walk is a faster paced walk). If you or someone you know is having problems with their balance come along to the 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

Christmas Fayre

Christ the King and Sacred Heart Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday, November 15, in Christ the King Church hall from 2-4 p.m. Admission: adults £1, children 50p (includes refreshments). Many stalls i.e. tombola, bric-a-brac, toys, books, wheel of fortune etc. Come along, everyone is very welcome.

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, November 9, the morning service takes place at 11 a.m. The evening service at 6.30 p.m. welcomes speaker Mr Dave Bremner from Polmont. All welcome.

Charity Shop

There will be a charity shop at 71 La Porte Precinct, Grangemouth from Monday, November 10 till Saturday, November 15. The Apostolic Church is running the shop from 9.30 a.m. till 4 p.m. each week day and 9.30 a.m. till noon on Saturdays.