Group’s plea for fund-raising ideas

A LONG-RUNNING playgroup is appealing for more children to attend its gatherings as well as fund-raising ideas to help it beat the recession.

St Cyrus Playgroup has met in the village for around 40 years, catering for children between the ages of two and five, and is a valuable resource for parents and children from Montrose, Inverbervie and Johnshaven as well as the immediate area.

But while it currently has a reasonably full register with 12 children, most attend only one or two of the four available days per week and the committee is facing a dilemma over future fund-raising. The group was dealt a further blow when members returned from their October break to find that its outdoor play equipment was smashed by vandals.

Secretary Anne Thomson said: “In this climate both the group itself and the attending families are aware of the ever-increasing financial out-goings and we are always looking for more children to attend the group. We only charge £6.50 plus 50p for a snack, which is a relatively cheap service, but if we increase the fees we run the risk of losing families in much need of the service. Over the last year we have had great support from the local community groups and the villagers who attend our events but we, as all other groups, are under strain to continuously find ways to fund-raise and there is a limit to how many events you can hold.”

The group is parent-led with involvement in the children’s learning and development as well as in the running of the playgroup on a day-to-day basis and through committee membership.

Anne added: “We work within the new curriculum for excellence experiencing outdoor learning, both literacy and numeracy and regular physical activity on a daily basis. Children who are three are eligible for the council’s funding system from the next term after their third birthday and this entitles them to attend all four sessions.

“If there are any readers with ideas and suggestions for fund-raising or support, we would be glad to hear from them.”

Further information about the group is available by calling 07901 591118 or attending sessions in the village hall on Mondays from 9 to 11.30am and Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9.30am to 12 noon.