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Poetry Reading

On Tuesday, September 16 at 2 p.m. at Grangemouth Library, Bo’ness Road, Scottish poet and writer Kenneth Steven will be reading from ‘Coracle’, his new collection of poems. Free tickets available from Grangemouth Library. Call (01324) 504690 or e-mail: for more information.

Community Association

Beancross and Newlands Community Association annual general meeting will be held this year on September 21 at 2 p.m. in the Community Centre, Montgomery Street. Members are invited.

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. Zumba with Carol continues at Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. All classes are on over the school holidays. E-mail for more information.

Flu Vaccinations

Open adult flu clinics have been arranged at Kersiebank Medical Practice at the following times and dates: Tuesday, October 7, from 9-10.30 a.m. if your surname starts with A or B, 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. C or D, 1.30-4.30 p.m. E to G; Thursday, October 16, 9-10 30 a.m. H to J, 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. K, L, Ma to Me, 1.30-4.30 p.m. Mi to My and McA to McG; Monday, October 20, 9-10.30 a.m. McI to McV, 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. N to Q, 1.30-4.30 p.m. R, Sa to Sh; Friday, October 24, 9-10.30 a.m. Si to Sy; 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. T, 1.30-4.30 p.m. U to Z. If these dates are not suitable, please contact the Practice on (01324) 665533 or visit for more information.

Child Vaccinations

Flu Vaccinations for two to five-year-olds, aged 2 or above on September 1, 2014, will take place at Kersiebank Medical Practice on Saturday, October 4 from 9-11.30 a.m. The majority of children will receive a painless form of the vaccine given by a nasal spray. If this date is not suitable, please contact the practice on (01324) 665533 or visit for more information.

KHR Service

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. The KHR Woman’s Association starts back on Wednesday, September 17 at 7.30 p.m. The association looks forward to being joined by old and new members to share faith and friendship. All are warmly welcome. On Friday, September 12, there will be a Big Sing in the Kirk with guests Brightons Praise Group. This will be in aid of the Jubilee Project for Nepal and tickets are £2.50 (children free). People can also become involved by suggesting a favourite hymn to be included in the programme. Tickets and suggestion list are available in the Kirk vestibule. Falkirk Presbytery’s Got Talent will be held in Falkirk Trinity Church of Scotland on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend Lorna MacDougall. Elders’ duties for the Special Communion on Sunday, September 21 are posted in the usual places for information and action as required. Over the last few weeks we have had around 100kg of food donated by members and friends of Zetland Parish Church, which is tremendous, and thanks go to everyone who has given so generously. Grangemouth Community Care needs volunteers to escort clients to and from Talbot House on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You only require to be available once a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are also required for Wednesday Day Care from 9.30 a.m. to 2.45 p.m. If you can help please contact Anne Lowe, co-ordinator, on (01324) 471657. Sunday’s Communion Services will be at 11.15 a.m. and 2.45 p.m. and will be conducted by Reverend Lorna MacDougall. The Sacrament of Baptism will be administered at the morning service. Sunday School meets. No tea and coffee after the service and no Vestry Hour consultation.

Rotary Club

When the weather forecasters predict very heavy rainfalls, local authorities and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) step up to a high level of awareness lest rivers overflow and threaten communities, farmlands, and so on. So Grangemouth Rotary Club learned last week from Gail (no pun intended) Donald, a flood adviser for SEPA’s south-east region. In her informative talk she indicated how SEPA had a strategic overview of the country and used various tools to assess risks and provide early warning to areas which might be affected by the weather or unusually high tides. SEPA’s expertise is also used to support local planners to ensure new buildings are not sanctioned in high-risk areas. Richard Girvan proposed the vote of thanks.The previous week members heard that when natural disasters occur – earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and the like – Rotary International’s million-plus members across the globe can react within hours. Almost always in conjunction with other international agencies Rotary can dispatch Shelter Boxes to the stricken areas. Past President Andrew Wilson explained how the Shelter Box can accommodate up to 10 persons, be fit for purpose for six months or so, with a water purification system, a wood-burning stove, pots, pans, an axe, a saw and other tools. In recent months Rotary Club in this area, Grangemouth among them, have sent 10 Shelter Boxes, costing £590 each, to this country’s central storage centre in Cornwall, for onward transmission to the stricken areas. Other collection centres across the globe are located in Dubai, Pakisatan, Melbourne and the Caribbean. Craig McEwan offered the vote of thanks. Abbotsgrange Church

The Reverend Aftab Gohar will conduct the Harvest Thanksgiving service at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday. There will be a retiring collection for the Falkirk Food Bank. The Sunday School and ABC meet at the same time. Crèche facilities are available as usual and tea and coffee will be served after worship. A New Communicants Class for anyone wishing to become a member of the Abbotsgrange family is planned for October. Anyone who is interested should contact the Minister or the Session Clerk. The minister is available for Pastoral Care after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109 or e-mail for more information.

Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society has now started rehearsals for the new session, meeting in Talbot House, Talbot Street at 7.30 p.m. Always happy to welcome new members, the group sings a wide variety of music and will be performing Faure’s ‘Requiem’ on Friday, October 10. If you are familiar with that work and would like a chance to perform it please come along to rehearsals. Call Moira Nicol on 07754805340 for more information.

Gospel Hall

The Albert Hall Gospel Hall Christian Fellowship at Myreton Road holds a Women’s Hour each Tuesday at 2.30 p.m. from September 16. A warm welcome will be given to all ladies who join members for a cup of tea and cake followed by singing and an interesting talk by a variety of guest speakers.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met on Tuesday, September 2, in Talbot House where President Harry Dougall welcomed the members back from their summer break and introduced the speaker, local man Woody Speirs, a retired Industrial Fire Officer. Woody gave a presentation on fire prevention asking the members how many had a home safety plan in operation. He was not surprised the response was very few. He then went on to give a presentation on common sense steps to take in fire prevention in the home and advice on what is available to the members in assistance with this. Being Woody, for those who know him, he had to finish with a quiz relating to safe use of adaptors and correct ampage use of fuses in plugs. The vote of thanks to the speaker on behalf of the members was given by secretary Ian Borwick. The next meeting is on Tuesday, September 16 when the speaker will be Lynne Wiseman from Yorkhill Children’s Charity.

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 email

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, September 14, the morning service takes place at 11 a.m. The evening service is at 6.30 p.m. and the speaker will be Mr Mike Stark from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh. All welcome.

Bible Studies

A bible studies group is now taking place at Beancross and Newlands Community Hall, Montgomery Street, on Mondays from 7.30-8.30 p.m.