Ellon’s community groups to the fore

Stalls at Fit Like Ellon were kept busy as community groups showed local people what they had to offer.
Stalls at Fit Like Ellon were kept busy as community groups showed local people what they had to offer.

ELLON community groups were to the fore on Saturday in a burst of concerted, enthusiastic action, showing off their wares to an eagerly receptive public.

More than 60 groups packed into Ellon Community Centre to give a taste of what each and every one of them had to offer, and were in return, rewarded with a bumper turn out.

For four hours the public thronged the busy stalls at Fit Like Ellon.

Sandy McDougall, chairman of Ellon Community Council, praised the organisers, Ellon Area Health and Wellbeing Group, but was equally impressed by the public response.

He said: “The event has been an unqualified success, both from the point of the organisers, and the community. Ellon has really put its best foot forward, and reaped a rich reward.”

Local people were no less enthusiastic. Ian Fletcher said: “I didn’t think Ellon had so much to offer. I just came along on the off chance of finding a new activity, but found myself spoiled for choice.”

Each stall seemed to attract business, including the sports clubs. Ellon Scrabble Club reported some interest among those attending, while all the art groups were delighted with the level of participation.

Many of the groups were looking to sign up volunteers, and likely to benefit from the feedback given through an evaluation form which participants were encouraged to complete.

Tim Canning, one of the joint organisers, said: “Once we have seen all the returns we will get a better picture of how successful the day has been, but early impressions are is that has been well received, and something we are likely to repeat.”

For those members of the public who missed out on the day, further information can be obtained by ringing (01358) 726406.