Grangemouth news from Thursday, October 2

La Port Precinct. Grangemouth
La Port Precinct. Grangemouth

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Lodge Zetland 391

RWM Brother Peter Neilson welcomed a good turnout of some 90 members and visitors to the Lodge’s second Regular First Degree of the new session on Tuesday, September 16. There was admitted a deputation from Lodge Polmont 793 and Provincial Grand Lodge after which Bro. J. Brown received his 60th year Certificate and was congratulated by the RWM and WPGMD Bro. A. T. Marshall. Bro. Brown made suitable reply. The RWM then invited the SM Bro. Goodwin to initiate the Candidate for the evening which was done to a very high standard by the SM and his team of Office Bearers. Bro. Goodwin thanked the RWM, his team of Office Bearers and all present for their support. The reply on behalf of the visitors was ably delivered by W. Bro. Beach, the WM of the Raineian Lodge 5763, English Constitution. The next Meeting will take place on Tuesday with the Second Degree in the hands of Lodge St. John Slamannan 484.

Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society is performing Faure’s Requiem in St Francis Xavier Church, Hope Street, Falkirk on Friday, October 10 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are priced £4. Contact Moira Nicol on 07754805340 or pay at the door.

Grangemouth RNLI

The Grangemouth Branch of RNLI is holding their Annual Farmhouse Supper in Abbotsgrange Church Hall on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from Harry and Isobel Dougall on (01324) 486019 or any other committee member. Come along and enjoy a traditional supper of stovies (remember to bring cutlery) with entertainment provided by members of the Forth Valley Accordion Band.

Bowhouse Meeting

Bowhouse Community Association is holding an Open day and annual general meeting on Sunday. Bowhouse Community Centre has been closed for around nine months to carry out rewiring and the removal of asbestos. Over that time the association has taken the opportunity to totally refurbish the Community Centre. The local community is invited to come along at 3 p.m. on Sunday to have a cup of coffee and see the centre. The AGM will be held at 4.15 p.m.

Rotary Club

Five thousand years of history in the Bo’ness area but particularly around Kinneil House, once one of the several seats of the Dukes of Hamilton over the centuries, was the theme of a most interesting address to members of Grangemouth Rotary Club last week. The speaker was Marie Ford of the Friends of Kinneil House who described the pre-Roman occupation of the land, the Roman fortlet at Bridgeness and the Antonine Wall before the present-day structure was built. Richard Watt proposed the vote of thanks. Past president Bill Ramage is expecting members to rally to his call for support for the fourth annual fund-raising coffee morning at Talbot House on Saturday. Cake and candy donations can be handed in at Talbot House from 6 p.m. tomorrow (Fruiday) evening and again on Saturday from 8 a.m. with donations for the tombola stall to Jim Hunter.

Rainbow House

Rainbow House Church invite people to their services at Shore Road premises with guest Mediums, tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. Billy Black and Sunday at 7.15 p.m. Jackie Coleman. Healing is also available from 6-7 p.m. on both evenings. A very big thank you to all who helped support the Macmllian Coffee Morning, all who baked the wonderful cakes, all who helped on the day and all who came along and supported the event. Total raised was £271.00 Which is on its way to Macmillian Cancer Support.

KHR Service

The service on Sunday will be conducted by the Minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. The next Foodbank collection will be on Sunday, October 5. There is a Congregational Board meeting next Thursday at 7.30 p.m. The Harvest Thanksgiving donation this year will go to The Vine Trust. Collection jars should be returned on Sunday. On that day the Outreach ladies invite you to join them to share lunch in the hall after the service - all are welcome. On October 8 the KHR Woman’s Association are holding a Trusty Trades night with guest speaker Mrs Kay Brown, starting at 7.30 p.m. KHR are holding a Mini Indulgence Day on Sunday, October 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the church hall. There will be five therapists who offer a 25-30 minute treatment. Also included in the ticket price of £15 is a light (fairly healthy) lunch or afternoon snack. See Anne Trevis or Elspeth Irvine for tickets.

Coffee Morning

Share-a-Craft is holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday, October 15 from 10 a.m.–12 noon in the Community Education Unit, Abbots Road. Stalls include cake & candy, soft goods, raffle, bric-a-brac and cards. There will be a table for the children to try their hand at crafting so bring them along. Tickets cost £1 (including tea/coffee).

Evangelical Church

On Sunday the morning service will take place at 11 a.m. Mr John Muirhead from Falkirk will be the speaker. At 6.30 p.m. the evening service will be held and expected speaker is Mr Dave Dickson from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh. All welcome.

Royal Engineers

On Sunday, September 28, a short Service of Remembrance for the 10 young men of 300 Squadron, Parachute Engineers (TA) who died on exercise on the River Trent in 1975 was held at the Memorial Stone at Grangemouth Cenotaph. This is an annual event organised by members of the Royal Engineers Association, and as next year will be the 40th Anniversary of this tragedy they hope to invite family members of these young men and any past members of the Squadron to participate. To prepare for this Memorial Service they will require to know who will be attending. To assist in this I will collate this information for the organisers, and ask that you contact Daniel Mailer on (01324) 635683 or

Step Forth

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 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 contact (01324) 504556/504568 or email

Rock the Talk

Rock the Talk Youth Music Project is now open for action again after the summer. If you’re aged 12–20, interested in learning a new instrument, forming a band or maybe recording a demo, we’d love to hear from you. Rock the Talk is a noisy, creative environment where members are supported to develop musical skills, build confidence, self esteem and have a bit of fun. Based at Kersiebank Community Project in Grangemouth on a Thursday night, during term time only, open from 6.30–8.30 p.m. and costing 50p per visit, it’s a great place for beginners and experts alike. Contact Ryan Topping on (01324) 508776 or for more information, or

Country Dancing

Scottish Country Dancing gets your body and mind in shape! The local RSCDS 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


At Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays 7-8 p.m. For more information on classes contact Carol via e-mail or come and join us on Facebook Zumba With Carol or just pop along 5-10 mins before class starts. Warm welcome awaits all.

Zumba Gold

Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall Grangemouth (just before the TA centre). Both classes are 11.15 a.m.-12noon. Zumba Gold is a class suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a lower pace/impact zumba class. Just pop along 5-10 mins prior to class starting or email or through Facebook pages Zumba With Carol/ Zumba Gold With Carol.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Rev. Aftab Gohar will conduct the service at 10.30 a.m. this Sunday, including the rededication of the Guild and Men’s Association. The Sunday School and ABC take place at the same time. Crèche facilities are available and tea and coffee will be served after worship. Ian Scott is the guest speaker at the Men’s Association meeting at 7.30 p.m. on Monday. He will talk about the Falkirk Steeple. The minister is available for Pastoral Care after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109 or email

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Rev. Lorna MacDougall. The Sacrament of Baptism was administered to Hannah Rose Myles, daughter of Gillian and Stuart and a wee sister of Evan. We are having a Charity Shop in La Porte Precinct from October 6-11, Please come along and see the goods on offer. 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. The Men’s Fellowship Old Boys Christmas Dinner has been provisionally booked for Monday, December 8. Further details to follow. Morning worship on Sunday will be conducted by Rev. Lorna MacDougall and will include the Sacrament of Baptism. Sunday School meets. Tea and coffee will be served after the service and there will be Vestry Hour consultation.