Thursday, 24 April 2008

Children from Eassie Primary School in Angus have been picking daffodils outside their local village hall to take home to someone they care about. The school was given access to the flowers by the local Community Association (ENKCA) which is about to demolish the hall and to replace it with a building suited to 21st century life.

David Lawrence, a director of ENKCA, said, "We have hundreds of daffodils around the hall and can spare quite a few. Later in the year we are due to have a bulb-lifting and daffodil tea party to remove the daffodils to safe havens around the Eassie, Nevay and Kirkinch area. We want to ensure that the bulbs are not damaged during the demolition and construction process as they were gifted to the community. When our new hall is built, the children of Eassie School will be invited to help us replant bulbs in the garden of our new hall. The village hall and school lie at the heart of our community and they have had a long and happy relationship, over many years."

The new hall will be financed by funds raised by the local community, donors, grants, trusts and the Big Lottery. Designs have been drawn up and are due to be submitted for planning consent next month.

The scheme has been positively received by the Big Lottery which has accepted the outline bid. The community hopes to have notification of a Big Lottery award by the end of this year, which should allow construction to start in spring/summer 2009.

The next event in the community is a Plant Sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday 10th May 10 am -12 noon, in Eassie School.