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Ellon Ladies Ball raises £1100 for local guides

Ellon Ladies Ball present their cheque to the First Ellon Guides:
L-R: Alison Reid, Hazel Wilkins, (handing  cheque to Moira Lawrence), Jennifer Strachan. 
In front: 1st Ellon Brownies.

Ellon Ladies Ball present their cheque to the First Ellon Guides: L-R: Alison Reid, Hazel Wilkins, (handing cheque to Moira Lawrence), Jennifer Strachan. In front: 1st Ellon Brownies.

Local guides have been given a funding boost from the Ellon Ladies Ball.

The annual charity event, which was held in December, raised £1100 through a raffle.

Proceeds go each year to local charities and it was decided this year that Ellon Guides should benefit.

A presentation was made to Moira Lawrence, district commissioner, at the 1st Ellon Brownies meeting in Auchterellon Sports Pavilion last week.

The organisation has had to close its hut due to problems with water supply and moves are under way to replace it.

In the meantime, the various groups - Rainbow, Brownies, Guides and Rangers - and other hall users have been using other premises in the town.

Ellon Ladies Ball chair Hazel Wilkins said: “The committee were delighted to help the Guides of Ellon and hope that their new water supply will be completed very soon so that they can get back into their premises again shortly.

“So many girls benefit from these groups and indeed my own daughter, who is now grown up, enjoyed her time with the Ellon Brownies and Guides.

“The committee would like to thank the guests at the ball for raising so much money to help the Guides.”

The Ellon Ladies Ball, which was held on December 6 in the New Inn Hotel, was the 57th, according to minuted committee meetings.

The event began in 1956, although there is some evidence from an old bank book that it actually started in 1949.

It was possibly named the “Ellon Farmers’ Ball” but committee members are uncertain about this.

Mrs Wilkins said: “A lady at my table, whose father ran a dairy farm near Oldmeldrum, thought it might have been connected to the prizes from the Ellon Show held in the Deer Park, which stopped in the mid to late 60s.

“Certainly the early committee members were wives of farmers.”

The ball is held on the first Friday in December at the New Inn.

Once again everyone had an enjoyable evening with music provided by the Graham Geddes band.

 

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