SPAR deliver boost to Tarves Playgroup

Tarves Playgroup receive a �1000 donation from the SPAR
Tarves Playgroup receive a �1000 donation from the SPAR

A local playgroup which was saved last year received another boost last week thanks to a local shop in the town.

Tarves Playgroup received a cheque for £1000 last Thursday from the local SPAR store.

Tarves Playgroup chairperson for the last two years and treasurer for the year before, Gillian Mathewson, told the Times that it was a fantastic bonus for the group to receive.

She said: “We are thrilled to receive this cheque.

“We are hoping to develop the gardens outside and put up secure fencing and a mud kitchen.”

Substantial rumble and tree trunk stumps form the outside space for the children to play in at the moment.

She added: “Every Thursday the children come out here to play whether it is rain or shine.”

The funds were raised through SPAR Scotland’s carrier bag programme where 2p is charged for each bag and is injected back into local, worthy causes.

Just one year ago the playgroup in Tarves was in danger of closing down but its future was kept safe thanks to funding from the council and community spirit.

Now the group is thriving with around 24 toddlers who attend the playgroup which is held in the youth hall behind the church.

Gillian added: “The group almost closed last year but the community all pulled together and we managed to save it thanks to funding from the council.”

Around 13 youngsters turned out for the cheque presentation last week along with some of the helpers from the group as well as various members from the local SPAR shop located up in The Square.

The Tarves SPAR store manager, Lynn Boyd said that the store had been more than happy to help.

She added: “We want to support the local community and any groups.

“The money raised came from our carrier bags initiative - so it is really the locals who have contributed.”