Community spirit serves up an ace

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Laurencekirk Tennis Courts have received a much-needed facelift, thanks to the hard work of three local men, who took it upon themselves to revamp the facility.

The tennis courts in the Mearns community had been so neglected that just a few months ago they were un-usable. Advice from a specialist had determined that a significant amount of cleaning and refurbishing was needed, including the application of new sand, at a considerable cost.

But now the courts are transformed, and are being enjoyed by the whole community, after local men Ryan Arthur, Stuart Murray and Neil Reid decided to tackle a temporary fix.

They hired a sweeper to take off the moss and dirt that had accumulated over the years, and also repaired he boarding, and cut back the overgrown hedging. They then bought new nets and posts, as well as CCTV cameras.

The Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer heard from one Laurencekirk resident who said: “The village is incredibly grateful to the three young men for the time and hard work involved to make this possible.

“Thanks to the Thursday morning Coffee and Chat group who donated £1000 for the new nets, boarding and netting for the courts as no funding was available at the time when it was decided to tackle the job.”

However, funding is still needed for the specialist work to be done.

The Thursday morning Coffee and Chat group donate all of their money back into the community and over a number of years have donated over £40,000 back to various groups and worthwhile causes.

The Coffee Morning is open every Thursday at the Mearns Community Centre at 148 High Street from 10-11.30.

It is run by volunteers with homebaking, teas and coffee on offer for a charge of £2, and all are welcome.

Have you been using the revamped tennis courts? Get in touch and let us know: email news@mearnsleader.com, rachel.campbell@jpress.co.uk or phone (01569) 766940.