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Lodge Zetland 391

RWM Bro. Peter Neilson welcomed some 95 members and visitors into the Lodge on Tuesday, October 7. After disposal of routine business, he passed the Lodge to the Second Degree, after which a deputation from Lodge St. John Slamannan 484 consisting of some 32 brethren headed by RWM Bro. James Kerr entered the Lodge and were given a very warm welcome from the Zetland RWM. He tendered the gavel to Brother Kerr who, assisted by his degree team carried out an excellent rendering of the 2nd Degree. He thanked Bro. Neilson and the lodge for being given the opportunity of carrying out the Degree as it was his last meeting as RWM. Bro. Neilson along with the brethren of the lodge gave a hearty vote of thanks intimating that it had only made the bond between the 2 Lodges, stronger. The RWM then presented Bro. Bruce with his Certificate of Merit. Finally, the SM Bro. A Goodwin asked to meet WJW of 176, St. Andrew Denny and Loanhead, Bro. Gordon Turnbull, on the level and presented him with the cheque for £530. Bro. Turnbull being the main driving force along with Alex Dalgetty for the charity cycle event in aid of Prostate Scotland. They are well advanced to meeting the target of £10,000. The next meeting of the Lodge will take place at 7.15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21 and will be a First Degree followed on Wednesday, October 22, evening, when the Lodge will visit Ancient Brazen 17, Linlithgow to confer a Second Degree.

Grangemouth RNLI

The committee of Grangemouth RNLI would like to thank everyone who attended or supported their Farmhouse Supper last Wednesday and also the Forth Valley Accordion Band who provided the excellent entertainment, which was much appreciated. The final amount raised for their charity was £624.

Heritage Trust

Grangemouth Heritage Trust has had a number of overseas visitors in the last few weeks, anxious to remember their roots. Staff find this very intriguing talking to them and finding out connections to local families and even to some of the volunteers themselves. Visitors are always keen to take away copies of photographs and the Heritage is very grateful to a local company Leemic for the donation of a photocopier which allows os to make copies whilst they are on the premises. Thanks are due to the volunteers who manned the charity shop last week and raised a considerable sum to help the work of the Heritage Trust.

Rotary Club

The former magnficence of Grangemouth’s Zetland Park could be restored if proposals formulated by the Friends of Zetland Park, itself set up four years past, come to fruition. So members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth were told at their meeting last week by Tom Brown, the Friends’ vice-chairman. He outlined early achievements ranging from securing £30,000 of compensatory planting from ASDA for planting new trees in the park to replace, in a sense, trees cut down at the supermarket’s new depot at Earl’s Gate, to £10,000 of Big Lottery funding for the upgrading of the cycle track. But greater investment beyond the local authority and the Friends of Zetland Park will be required if plans costing more than £1 million under consideration by landscape architects are to be realised. Following questions, the vote of thanks was offered by Douglas Semple. The previous weekend’s coffee morning in Talbot House broke all records, bringing in £1052 for which organiser Bill Ramage, ably assisted by club members and their partners, is truly grateful. Club member Alex Robertson won the cross stitch tapestry for which the draw was made by club president Jim Stirling. Among the many welcome visitors on what was initially a very wet morning were District Governor Alistair Marquis and his wife Margaret en route to the District 1230 conference at Tulliallan Castle. The multi-faceted roles of a local authority councillor were described with great passion and enthusiasm the previous week when Councillor Allyson Back outlined the various time-consuming but job-satisfying aspects of her office. Gary Horne proposed the vote of thanks.

Community Education

Grangemouth Community Education Association is holding its annual general meeting on Monday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in the Grangemouth Unit. All members welcome to attend.

Blythswood Care

The Blythswood Care collection lorry will be accepting donated clothing, shoes, books, small items of furniture, bric-a-brac and foodstuffs in the Union Road car park on Wednesday from 2.15-3 p.m. The goods are brought to the Blythswood depot at Hillington and distributed to the charity’s shops or prepared for sending to partner organisations in Eastern Europe, to help extremely poor families and individuals. Visit for more information. The Blythswood Care annual Shoe Box Appeal is now under way. Leaflets, posters and DVDs are still available from the collection lorry, online or by contacting 0845 456 9460.

Rainbow Church

Rainbow House Spritualist Church invite people to their premises in South Shore Road for services tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. with guest medium April Mackie and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with Sally Hail. Healing is available on both nights from 6-7 p.m.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s service was conducted by the Rev. John Jenkinson. The social and fundraising committee thank everyone for their efforts in the charity shop last week. The magnificent total of £3421 was raised. The congregational board will meet on Monday, October 20 at 7 p.m. The Guild Fundraiser is on Wednesday, October 29 at 7.30 p.m. in the church hall, and will take the form of a Strathcarron fashion show. Tickets, priced £5, are available from Guild committee members or pay at the door. The Youth Club and Sunday School are once again collecting for the Blythswood Christmas Shoebox Appeal and are looking for support. Strong empty shoeboxes (with removable lids) and donations of money are requested. Monetary donations can be placed in the blue bucket at the back of the church and the shoeboxes can be left in the church hall. The filled shoeboxes will be taken by Blythswood to Eastern Europe as Christmas gifts. Morning worship next Sunday will be at 11.15 a.m. and will be conducted by the Rev. Lorna MacDougall. No Sunday School. Tea and coffee will be served after the service, and there will be Vestry Hour consultation.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Rev. Aftab Gohar will conduct the service at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday. There will be no Sunday School or ABC due to the school holidays. Crèche facilities are available and tea and coffee will be served after worship. The Men’s Association meeting is on Monday, October 20 at 7.30 p.m. when Ewan Macdonnell will talk about the New Queensferry Bridge. The Men’s Association from Tillycoultry are invited. The minister is available for pastoral care after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109. Email for more information.

Walking Group

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit at Grangemouth Sports Complex every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. (please note that Monday’s walk is a faster paced walk). 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). All walks are free and open to all abilities. For more information on any of the Step Forth walks call (01324) 504556/504568 or email

Craft Fair

There will be an autumn Charity Craft Fair to raise money for Iraq and Sudan through Barnabus Fund in Olivet Evangelical Church, Kerse Lane on Saturday, November 1, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Tea, coffee, scones, pancakes will be served all day. While soup and crusty bread will be served between 12-2 p.m. Tables will include: paintings, cards, jewellery, knitted toys, flowers, candles, soaps, cake and candy and other gifts. There will also be a children’s corner, where they will be able to make a card or other craft item free. All welcome.

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, October 19, the morning service will take place at 11 a.m. Mr Trevor May from Denny will be the speaker. The evening service will be held at 6.30 p.m. when Mr Mike Stark from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh will be the speaker. All welcome.

Jericho House

Friends of Jericho House have arranged a family Race Night in Christ the King Church Centre, Bowhouse Square, Grangemouth on Friday, October 24, at 7.30 p.m. Admission: adults £3.50, children free. Tea and sandwiches are provided. Bring your own refreshments.

Safety Forum

The next meeting of the Central Scotland Safety Forum is on Thursday, October 23 at 2 p.m. in the Argyll Room of the Ineos Exhibition Centre, Gate 3, Powdrake Road. The speaker will be Chris Dickson, a solicitor at Anderson Strathern, who will be providing a legal update. Visit for more information.