Windfall for local playgroup

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Strichen playgroup is looking forward to investing in new resources following a £500 grant from Clydesdale bank.

The funds will be spent on new resources both for general playgroup use and also more outdoor equipment to use in their outdoor area. Faye Craib, bank teller, applied for the grant on behalf of the playgroup. Faye is a parent and is also a member of the management committee and helps out regularly within the playgroup.

Commenting on the funding boost, Faye said: “Groups such as ours are always looking to raise funds and for support for our activities, so we are delighted to receive this grant from the Clydesdale bank.”

Manager Brenda Ralph added: “In the uncertain financial climate, and with playgroups being unsure of their future, the grant is very welcome and greatly appreciated.”

The donation is part of Clydesdale bank’s staff volunteer grant programme, which provides cash to groups in which its employees are involved.

The playgroup has operated in the village for well over 30 years, Brenda continued: “The playgroup has been located at the current venue on North Street for about 20 years, offering a wide range of high quality of care and education for children age 3 to 5 years. We are very fortunate still to be in a position to offer commissioned places to children or accept fee - paying children as well. We hope to be able to offer places to children from age 2 years 6 months soon.

“We are planning our annual Easter Egg Hunt at Strichen Community Park on Easter Sunday, April 24, from 12 noon until 2pm. The event is open to all and we are encouraging people to come along and join in the fun.

There will be a variety of stalls, raffles, face painting, bottle stall, refreshments, and a decorted Easter egg and or decorated Easter bonnet competition. The cost is only £1 per family.”

For information contact Brenda on 07951034826 or email