Grangemouth news from Thursday, October 23

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Rotary Club

Forty-one thousand and counting. That’s the number of pairs of spectacles dispatched by Andy Finlayson to Vision Aid on behalf of Grangemouth Rotary Club since he assumed responsibility for this life-enhancing service 12 years past. During September and October, for example, he has sent away some 280 pairs, making 4000 for the year so far, a tremendous achievement which has brought, and will continue to bring, hope to many thousands of persons in the Third World’s under-developed countries. Last week’s business meeting heard that it is hoped the club’s fundraising Race Night at the end of the month will raise £1000, enough to purchase four aqua boxes for use in those parts of the world stricken by natural disaster. President Jim Stirling was in the chair.

KHR Service

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the Minister at 11 a.m. The KHR Women’s Association welcome guest speaker Nancy Duncan on Wednesday, October 29 from 7.30 p.m.

Flu Jags (children)

The flu vaccine for two to five-year-olds (those aged two or above on September 1, 2014) will take place at Kersiebank Medical Practice on Friday from 1.30 to 4 p.m. The majority of children aged two to five will receive a painless form of the vaccine given by a nasal (nose) spray. If this date is not suitable, please contact the practice on (01324) 665533 or visit for more information.

Flu Jags (adults)

Kersiebank Medical Practice is holding open clinics for eligible patients to receive flu vaccinations. On Friday those with surnames starting with Si-Sy should attend from 9 to 10.30 a.m.; T from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.; U to Z 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. Also for anyone eligible who has not yet been vaccinated. Please contact the Practice on (01324) 665533 or visit for more information.

Rainbow Church

Rainbow House Church invite people to their services at South Shore Road tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. with guest medium Nancy Paterson, and Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with guests Ted and Joan. Healing is available before both services from 6 to 7 p.m.

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

Probus Club

On Tuesday, October 14, Grangemouth Probus Club met in Talbot House. Acting chairman Willie Shanks welcomed the members and apologised the booked speaker was unable to attend but introduced Danny Callaghan from Reddingmuirhead Community Council to give a presentation on the lost history of Redding Canal. He thanked Danny for standing in at the last minute. Danny gave a presentation on how the Union Canal had an effect on the area around Redding down through the ages the industries that were set up from the natural resources of the Quarry and its usage to the Redding Pit and its unfortunate disaster which caused the loss of so many lives. He also gave the history of Nobel’s Chemical Works and its contribution to World War II and post war before shutting down. He also explained how the grounds where the Young Offenders currently stands was originally a very strict and severe public school called Blair Lodge and latterly with contribution from Fred Lindeman (Viscount Cherwell) it was equipped with much superior equipment in its science lab and workshops than local industries at the time had. When the school closed down it then became the borstal and now the current function of housing young offenders. The vote of thanks on behalf of the members was given by Sandy Charleston who again emphasised the members thanks to Danny for standing in at short notice. The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 28 when the speaker will be Lachlan McGowan on Maggie’s Centres.

Zetland Guild

Zetland Guild had Kath Provan from Combat Stress speaking last Wednesday. She was discussing Combat Stress in the Army, Navy and Air Force. She brought along Gary, one of the veterans who has been dealing with combat stress for a number of months. The talk was so inspiring all the ladies were enthralled. Our armed forces support us so much and the rest of the world that we discovered we need to support them. Wednesday is an at home night with lots of exciting happenings. The Guild has a fashion show with clothes modelled by the ladies from the Strathcarron Shop in Falkirk. Come along, see the goods and see the lovely models. Tickets £5 with support going to the Hospice and the Guild Projects all welcome.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Reverend Aftab Gohar will conduct the service at 10.30 a.m. this Sunday. The Sunday School or ABC meet at the same time. Crèche facilities are available and tea and coffee will be served after worship. The Guild meeting is on Monday at 7.30 p.m., when members can enjoy an at home quiz night. They are holding a coffee morning in the large hall on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. There will also be a tombola stall and the cost is £2 which can be paid at the door. The minister is available for Pastoral Care after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109, e-mail for more information.

Country Dancing

The local Royal Scottish Country Dance 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 Group

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 email

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, October 26, 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 Derek Laidlaw from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh. All welcome.

Charity Fair

There will be a mini charity craft fair in Olivet Evangelical Church, Kerse Lane on Saturday, November 1, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. to help raise money for Iraq and Sudan thorugh Barnabus Fund. Tea, coffee, scones and pancakes will be served all day. Soup and crusty break will be served between noon and 2 p.m. Tables include: paintings, cards, jewellery, knitted toys, flowers, candles and soap, cake and candy and other gifts. There will be a children’s corner where they will be able to make a card or other craft item free.