Groups receive £15,000 boost

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Two local groups have recently received a share of almost £15,000 of funding.

The Big Lottery Fund’s Awards For All grants went to Slains and Collieston Community Council and Longhaven School Parent Teacher Association.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond and North East MSP Christian Allard congratulated the groups on their successful awards.

Slains and Collieston Community Council has received £4916 towards the refurbishment of the former schoolhouse and village hall. The money will be used to purchase furniture and equipment for the new community centre and the garden area.

Longhaven School Parent Teacher Association has received £9876 to upgrade the playground equipment by installing an adventure trail.

Mr Salmond said: “I am delighted that both the Slains and Collieston Community Council and the Longhaven School Parent Teacher Association have been awarded this funding.

“A tremendous amount of work has been undertaken by the people in the Slains and Collieston areas to ensure the schoolhouse can be used as a community base for generations to come. The adventure trail will no doubt be a very exciting new place for the children at Longhaven School to play and exercise.”

Ellon and District Councillor Rob Merson added: “The Slains and Collieston district is very fortunate in having such an enthusiastic and positive group of community councillors working so hard for the residents.

“I congratulate all involved.”

Mr Allard said: “The projects will benefit people of all ages and it is great to see the people in the north-east of Scotland benefitting from the Awards For All scheme.”

An Awards for All spokesperson said: “Awards for All helps groups do things they would otherwise be unable to do, and for relatively small amounts of money. This latest round of grants showcases the range of projects we fund, all putting something back into their communities.”