Grangemouth news from Thursday, September 25

La Port Precinct. Grangemouth
La Port Precinct. Grangemouth
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Grangemouth Rotary

Forty years of dedicated service to the Rotary movement were recognised at last week’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth when Past President Duncan Adams was presented with a commemorative diploma to that effect, signed by the world president of Rotary International. The surprise presentation was made by club president Jim Stirling. Once he recovered from his surprise Duncan made suitable acknowledgement. At this, the club’s monthly business meeting, Douglas Semple reported on the club’s defeat at the hands of the Falkirk club in the District Governor’s quiz, and Bill Ramage reminded members of the impending coffee morning at Talbot House on Saturday, October 4, with cake and candy donations to be handed in on the Friday evening at Talbot House or the Saturday morning any time after 8 a.m., with tombola donations to Jim Hunter.

Grangemouth RNLI

The Grangemouth Branch of RNLI is holding its Annual Farmhouse Supper in Abbotsgrange Church Hall on Wednesday, October 8 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.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Harvest Thanksgiving Service was conducted by Reverend Lorna MacDougall. Donations of baby clothes and goods, toiletries and cleaning materials were much appreciated. These will be stored by Buskit for transporting to Belarus next year. The Harvest Offering will go to the work of the Vine Trust. The next monthly lunch will be held on Wednesday, October 1 from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., cost £3. The church is holding a charity shop in La Porte Precinct from October 6-11 is grateful for the donations of goods received so far. Morning worship next Sunday will be conducted by Reverend 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.

KHR Service

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by Neil Barclay. On October 1 the KHR Woman’s Association is holding their Opening Concert with Crossford Music Group. The Harvest Thanksgiving donation this year will go to The Vine Trust. Collection jars are available from the church and should be returned on Sunday, October 5.

Glee Club

Grangemouth’s very own Glee Club has started back and takes place every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Voicejam, Forth House, South Lumley Street. These fun sessions are hosted by award winning music industry vocal coach Chris Judge. Every session is designed to build confidence, good technique, performance skills and sing all the hits from different musical genres in a fun relaxed atmosphere. So if you have always wanted to sing and did not have the confidence, or enjoy singing but do not have an outlet, get along to the Grangemouth Glee club and see what the buzz is about. Register free now by calling 07771630682 or e-mail for more information.

Bowhouse Association

Bowhouse Community Association is holding an open day and annual general meeting on Sunday, October 5 in Bowhouse Community Centre, Bowhouse Road. The 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. to have a cup of coffee and see the centre. The AGM will take place at 4.15 p.m.

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.-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.-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.-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.-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 two or above on September 1, 2014, will take place at Kersiebank Medical Practice on Saturday, October 4 from 9 a.m.-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.

Rainbow House

Rainbow House Church invite people to their services at their South Shore Road premises on Thursday at 7.30 p.m. with guest medium Vic Collins and Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with guest medium Ivy Campbell. Healing will be available before both services between 6 and 7 p.m. On Saturday the church will be hosting a coffee morning for the MacMillan Cancer Support between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Abbotsgrange Church

The service at 10.30 a.m. this Sunday, which includes the rededication of the Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades, will be conducted by the Reverend Aftab Gohar. The Sunday School and ABC take place at the same time. Crèche facilities are available and tea and coffee will be served after worship. The minister is available for Pastoral Care after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109 or e-mai for more information.

Coffee Morning

A MacMillan coffee morning and teddy bears picnic will take place tomorrow (Friday) at Unit J, Newhouse Business Park, Newhouse Road, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. There will be raffles and games, a picnic for little ones and tea, coffee and cakes for the adults. Entry is £2 and little ones and their teddies go free.

Probus Club

The club met at Talbot House on Tuesday, September 16. Unfortunately the booked speaker was unable to attend but Harry Johnston, fellow Probus member from Larbert, was approached and agreed to stand in and give a slide presentation on his visit to China in 2006. Firstly Harry gave greetings from his fellow members at Larbert and then gave a presentation on his extensive holiday in China taking in such as the Emperor’s Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, Tian An Men Square, the Avenue of Tombs, the Great Wall, Cheng De Summer Resort and then took a flight to Xian Neolothic Village before going on to see the famous Terracotta Warriors then moving on to a three day cruise on the Yangtze river before returning to Beijing for the flight home. Following this an interesting discussion took place as to the advancement in China since Harry and his good lady’s visit up to the present time and the changes that have appeared to have occurred. The vote of thanks to Harry was given by Fraser Binnie who thanked him for putting such a comprehensive and informative presentation to the members at such short notice. The next meeting will be on Tuesday with the speaker to be confirmed.

Country Dancing

Get 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 7.30-9 p.m. on a Thursday. 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

Flower Show

Grangemouth Horticultural Society will hold its annual Open Show on Saturday, September 27 from 2-4 p.m. in Grangemouth Town hall. This is the second and biggest of the three shows which run each year and attracts exhibits from all over Scotland. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Admission is free but donations will be accepted at the door.

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, September 28, the morning service takes place at 11 a.m. The evening service is at 6.30 p.m. when Marc Surtees from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh will be the speaker. All welcome.

CAB meeting

Grangemouth Citizens Advice Bureau is holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. in Talbot House, Talbot Street. Guest speaker will be Citizens Advice Scotland chief executive officer Margaret Lynch. Call (01324) 666935 for more information.