Santa’s many helpers put village on Christmas map
Volunteers take on job of lighting up life of visitors and locals
A Moray community hopes its new Christmas decorations will inspire others to help create a star to shine through the darkness.
Thousands of rope lights have been hung on trees at the entrance to Craigellachie to brighten the road for motorists arriving from Dufftown.
Now the village council plans to erect a star atop the village hall that would be visible for miles around during the dark winter nights.
During the past two years the group has received
“There is a fantastic group of people who deserve all the help they can get”
support from kind-hearted locals and businesses to add extra sparkle to the little community.
Brenda Cooper, secretary of Craigellachie Village Council, is hopeful that others will be inspired to contribute to the decorations after seeing the recent additions.
She said: “As you’re driving from Rothes you can see the village hall in the distance. It’s a lot more visible than people think, so we’d like to put a star up there – just to keep with the Christmas spirit.
“However, we think we would need to have the outside of the building painted first as it is looking a bit worn.
“Last year we just had a string of lights at the tennis pavilion, so we’ve already extended on that.”
Local couple Scott and Jodi Turner donated the lights to line the fencing surrounding the tennis pavilion, which is maintained by the group, last year.
Volunteers have spent the last two weeks on ladders wrapping trees around the entrance to the village from Dufftown with battery-operated lights donated by the Speyside Cooperage.
It is thought more helpers will be required to help paint the hall and create a star to shine brightly from the centre of the village.
The attraction has already gained a favourable reaction from those who have witnessed it, both locals and visitors to the region.
And it seems likely the local spirit will continue to sparkle in the weeks ahead.
Speyside Glenlivet councillor Derek Ross said: “There is a fantastic group of people in Craigellachie who deserve all the help they can get to improve their community.
“There is a fantastic community spirit there and the people who get involved in the council really do work very hard to make the village a welcoming place for all.”
SPRUCED UP: Hanging lights are, from left, Ken Fraser, village council treasurer; volunteer Beth Fraser; Gill Reid, visitor centre manager at Speyside Cooperage; volunteer Dennis Cooper; Jane Tweedie, council chairwoman; Sharon Wakefield from the cooperage visitor centre; and council secretary Brenda Cooper