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Village switch on inspires other communities

By Kirsty Brown

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MEMBERS of Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter Community Council were pleased to hear of Rothienorman lights switch on's success last weekend, with both Fyvie and Cuminestown hoping for a repeat of the success this weekend.

Despite it being a very busy time of year in Lapland, Santa was able to find some time to join the Rothienorman community for their event and had the opportunity to speak to 96 children and find out what they wanted for Christmas.

Around an estimated 150 people saw the lights be switched on, a significant increase on last year's turnout and a positive reflection of the hard work being carried out by various groups to strengthen community spirit within the village.

In addition to their special visitor and the turning on of the lights, Rothienorman's event boasted a number of other attractions including laser quest, inflatables, carolling and stalls.

Both Fyvie and Cuminestown members shared that their switch on events will take place this weekend, with Fyvie's on Saturday, November 30, and Cuminestown's on Sunday, December 1.

Fyvie's Christmas lights will be switched on from Forbes-Leith Park at 6pm.

As well as the switch on there will be carol singing and revellers will be able to enjoy mincemeat pies in the Legion afterwards.

Those attending are asked to bring their own torches or lanterns.

Cuminestown's Christmas lights will be switched on at 3.45pm in The Square.

As well as the lights there will be carol singing and other musical entertainment, balloon magic, glitter tattoos and warming refreshments - it's also hoped that Santa will be able to pop by!

A few other community matters were discussed, including seeking updates for Fyvie and Cuminestown's public toilets and discussions on recently submitted planning applications within the council's area.

The group also agreed to co-opt Fyvie resident Allison Wickes onto the community council, and said a fond farewell to Gordon Duncan who has resigned from the group after a number of years as he is moving outwith the council's coverage.

The next meeting of Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter Community Council will take place on Tuesday, January 28 2020, in Fyvie's Glebe House.

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