Grangemouth news from Thursday, October 9

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Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society is performing Faure’s ‘Requiem’ in St Francis Xavier Church, Hope Street, Falkirk on Friday at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling Moira Nicol on 07754 805 340 or paying at the door.

Lodge Zetland 361

The Lodge hosted its first Sportsman’s Dinner on Friday, September 26 where the audience were ably entertained by Paul Reid and Brian McGinlay, two well known after dinner speakers. Everyone considered it a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The amount of £2500 was raised for charity with the two recipients being the Grangemouth Children’s Day and the Forth Valley Oncology Unit. Grateful thanks to local businesses, shops and everyone who contributed, attended and made such excellent donations. A special thanks to Morag and her team for such efficient service on the night.

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 Gary Robertson and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with Evelyn Wilkinson. Healing is available on both nights from 6 to 7 p.m.

KHR Services

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the Minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. On October 15 the KHR Women’s Association is holding a Devotional Evening with guest speaker Kay Brown starting at 7.30 p.m. KHR is holding a Mini Indulgence Day on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the church hall. There will be five therapists who offer a 25 to 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. to noon in the Community Education Unit, Abbots Road. Stalls include cake and 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).

Over 50s

The Make It Happen Falkirk District Forum for over 50s will meet in the Muncipal Chambers, Grangemouth on Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. Hear about issues that affect the over 50s and how to have your say. Home Energy will be sharing information on how to reduce fuel and energy bills this winter. There will also be details of an event taking place at Camelon’s Sensory Centre on Thursday, October 16. Call (01324) 712106 to book your place or e-mail or visit for more information.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s service was conducted by Reverend Lorna MacDougall. The Sacrament of Baptism was administered to Rory Alistair Gow, infant son of Angela and Graeme and a wee brother of Alexander. The Sunday School will be providing hot rolls after the service on Sunday. Rolls on bacon or sausage will be available to buy along with the usual tea and coffee. Proceeds are for Sunday School funds, so please lend your support if you can. The Youth Club and Sunday School are once again collecting for the Blythswood Christmas Shoebox Appeal and are looking for support. Strong empty shoe boxes (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 date for the Men’s Fellowship Old Boys Christmas Dinner has been changed to Monday, December 1. Further details to follow. Morning worship on Sunday will be at 11.15 a.m. and will be conducted by Reverend John Jenkinson. Sunday School meets. Tea, coffee and hot rolls will be served after the service. No Vestry Hour consultation.

Zumba Classes

Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall (just before the TA centre). Both classes run from 11.15 a.m. to noon and are suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a lower pace/impact zumba class. Just pop along prior to class starting or e-mail for more information.

Adult Vaccinations

Kersiebank Medical Practice will be holding adult flu clinics over the coming weeks. On Thursday October 16 those with surnames starting with H,I,J can attend from 9 to 10.30 a.m., K,L,Ma-Me from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and Mi-My and McA-McG 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. On Monday October 20, McI-McV 9 to 10.30 a.m., N,O,P,Q 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., R, Sa-Sh 1.30 to 4.30 p.m.. On Friday, October 24, Si-Sy 9 to 10.30 a.m., T 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., U-Z 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. If these dates are not suitable, please contact the Practice on (01324) 665533. Or visit for more information.

Child Vaccinations

Flu Vaccine for two to five-year-olds (aged two or above on September 1, 2014) take place at Kersiebank Medical Practice on Friday, October 24 from 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. The majority of children 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.

Abbotsgrange Church

On Sunday, September 22 last year Reverend Aftab Gohar was taking the youth dedication service in his church when word came to him of the suicide bombing at his previous church in Peshawar in Pakistan, killing and maiming members of his extended family including his own mother. A year on a memorial service was held in Abbotsgrange Church on Saturday, September 27 by local clergy, Morag Hood, past Moderator for Church of Scotland, the past Bishop of Peshawar who gave an update as to the present circumstances local civic representatives and members of the local ATC. The following Sunday Reverend Gohar once again took the Youth Dedication Service attended additionally by the ATC. The Girls’ Brigade had additional reason for dedication as they entered the 80th Session as a Girls Guildry/Brigade attached to the church. Their Captain Mary Munro was presented with a certificate for 50 years as an officer with the company and Alice Hamilton a certificate for 40 years as an officer. Both ladies were thanked from the church for their dedication to the girls coming through the ranks of the company. Two very separate examples of entirely different ways of dedication in different parts of the globe.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met on Tuesday, September 30 at Talbot House where the speaker was Lynn Wiseman from Yorkhill Children’s Charity. Lynn gave a brief description of her job including the organising of the major events held throughout the year to fund specialised equipment for the children’s hospital. She explained although the main funding for the hospital came from the NHS it was never enough and the charity helped fund projects outside the normal budget such as an MRI scanner, eight specialised wheelchairs, a special therapeutic musical system installed, help with part funding of a Media-Cinema, additional funding for specialised physiotherapy, to help the youngsters away from the hospital arrange the development of an ‘over the wall camp’, further help for Research and Development and the creation of ‘Hospital Passport Records’. Lynn mentioned when the new children’s hospital is opened over at the Southern General the work of the Yorkhill Children’s Charity will continue. The vote of thanks on behalf of the members was given to Lynn by George Brown. The next meeting will be on Tuesday when the speaker will be Joe Love from the Iona Community.

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 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 e-mail

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, October 12, the morning service will be at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ron Thomson from Falkirk will be the speaker. The evening service will be held at 6.30 p.m. when Mr Marc Surtees from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh will conduct this service. All welcome.