New Ellon service directory launched

Guiding Hands: Academy pupils Jack Radford, Luke Thorley and Gemma Sparks, who have been helping to deliver the booklet, pictured with Duncan Milne
Guiding Hands: Academy pupils Jack Radford, Luke Thorley and Gemma Sparks, who have been helping to deliver the booklet, pictured with Duncan Milne

ELLON residents are set to benefit from a new directory of community groups and facilities, after the Ellon Community Development Group brought out a guide to services and amenities in the town.

The ‘Essential Guide to Ellon’ is a community guide and activities directory, which aims to provide a comprehensive list of the area’s churches, public services, clubs, educational facilities, sports and interest groups. Distribution of the 28 page pamphlet around the Ellon and District area is now almost complete, thanks to the efforts of Ellon Academy pupils, who agreed to deliver nearly 6,000 copies in exchange for a £500 donation to their ‘World Challenge Fund’ to Bolivia.

Nicola Twine, a Senior Community Learning and Development Worker with Aberdeenshire Council, said that the booklet had come in response to local demand.

“The Community Development Group and other community groups had been asking for a while for a guide to local services and activities”, she said. “Because of that, we decided to produce a guide out of our funds, which could go through people’s doors and raise some awareness of what’s happening in and around the town.

“This is our first attempt and while we’re certain there’ll be a few things that we’ve missed out, we hope that others will come forward with more information to help us to fill in any gaps.

“I’m relieved that we’ve finally got it finished, as it’s been on the go for such a long time. We’ve had good feedback so far. We think it will be a good resource, and hope that people can find most of what they need in it.”

Duncan Milne, Chairman of Ellon Community Development Group, said that the guide filled a gap in the information that was available on life in the town.

“This is the sort of thing which used to be done by the local libraries”, he said. “It’s something which I think is particularly important for newcomers to the town to help them learn what’s going on.”