In just one year, the Bervie Playparks Committee has raised almost £20,000 towards the cost of building a fantastic new children’s playground on the Church Street site in Inverbervie.
Taking a creative approach to fundraising, the team has brought a raft of new activities to the village. Their aim has been to involve the whole community, so that everyone feels they have a stake in the finished project. As a result, the residents of Bervie and surrounding areas have been taking part in some popular, unusual, and even frightening fundraisers.
As well as monthly roller discos, the group released a compilation CD and organized an Easter Trail and a Halloween Party.
In addition, there has been an extensive range of workshops including card, jewellery and wreath making - even circus training! During the school holidays, there have been drop in coffee and craft sessions, which are a big hit with both parents and children.
In September, fifty brave volunteers abseiled off Northwater Bridge in Montrose, raising over £3000. Over the festive period, members of the committee were privileged to be able to accompany Santa around the village helping to collect all the children’s letters.
On Boxing Day, Santa and three of his helpers had their beards shaved off, raising a whopping £1000.
In a fitting end to the year, residents of Bervie were able to see in the New Year in style and safety at the family friendly Hogmanay Party in the Burgh Hall.
A highlights of the year, was the Street Party held in Bervie’s Market Square to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There were bands, dancers, stalls and barbeques and the weather was outstanding. With well over 500 party-goers, it was the largest celebration of its kind in Aberdeenshire.
With 2012 being such a busy and productive year, we can only wonder what the Bervie Play Parks Committee have in store for 2013!
If you wish to support the group you can donate on their Virgin giving money page.