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Friends of the Den plea for new members


By Sean McAngus

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The recently installed rocking Horse atTurriff Den's play park. Picture: Grant Miline
The recently installed rocking Horse atTurriff Den's play park. Picture: Grant Miline

A group dedicated to improving the Turriff Den’s play park are looking for fresh faces to add to their committee.

Friends of the Den are calling on new volunteers to help with fundraising and generate ideas.

The group’s Morag Lightning is keen to get a variety of ages on board.

She said: “The role would involve coming forward with their ideas for fundraising and helping out with fundraising events when they are free.

“Also generally helping us decide what equipment to go for next and the more the merrier.

“We have had a few people leave due to sickness so we just thought let’s get some fresh faces and fresh ideas.

“We have currently 11 on the committee and we would take the more the merrier.”

“We would like a wide range of ages to be involved.

“If we have a wide range of ages we feel we will to be able to cover the ages of the kids.

“Most of the younger mums have younger kids, but it’s not just

for the younger kids – it is for all everybody.”

The slide at Turriff Den's playpark.
The slide at Turriff Den's playpark.

The group have already added sit-on springers, a new roundabout and the old Markethill School’s obstacle course to the park, as well as an inclusive slide, which was purchased thanks to £10,000 being awarded to the Friends of the Den as part of the National Lottery Awards for All scheme

Recently a rocking horse has been added to the park.

Mrs Lightning has been delighted with the feedback received from the community about the inclusive play equipment at the Den and hopes that the group can add even more equipment.

The Markethill School equipment has been added to the Den's park.
The Markethill School equipment has been added to the Den's park.

She added: “The response has been so brilliant.

“When we held our public consultation folks were asking for inclusive equipment because there wasn’t any.

“They were also looking for a slide which was top of the list.

“We have now installed four pieces of inclusive equipment and a slide as well plus the rocking horse from the 70s era.

“The amount of the parents that have commented on how chuffed they are that their kids will experience some of the equipment they played on when they were youngsters is great.

“We are also hoping to get a bumpy slide next as a lot of people remembers that in the 80s.

“We are delighted that we have managed to get inclusive equipment because every kid should be able to play.

“And we are always looking for new ideas.”

Anyone interested in joining the committee should email friendsoftheden@gmail.com.



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