Leader and Observer staff were treated to a rare change of pace last week, when they visited Mearns Community Centre.
Editor Mike Rankin was joined by reporters Rachel Campbell and Lee McCann in Laurencekirk to attend the weekly coffee morning, where they spent the morning chatting with the ladies (and gents!) and sampling the delicious homebaking and other refreshments.
Rachel said: “It was a great opportunity to meet with members of the community and talk about the issues which are affecting people in Laurencekirk.
“Overwhelmingly, the main issue is concern over the future of Mearns Community Centre. It really is at the heart of the community, and the groups that meet here put a lot back in to the town.
‘‘The coffee mornings alone have raised over £24,000, which has all been reinvested into the community. To lose them would be of great detriment to Laurencekirk as a whole.”
Editor Mike said: ‘‘A box will now be kept in the community centre to create an alternative way for people to contact us or submit reports, community diary dates or other tidbits. The box will be checked reguiarly by Observer staff.
‘‘We are always interested to hear the burning issues in your community, so please contact us if you feel there is something we should know about.
‘‘I’ll be making regular Thursday morning visits to the community centre and am also looking to recruit a correspondent based in Laurencekirk. If you’re interested, please get in touch.’’