Santa’s many helpers put vil­lage on Christ­mas map

Vol­un­teers take on job of light­ing up life of vis­i­tors and lo­cals

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY DAVID MACKAY

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

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