Community focus day in Earlston

COMMUNITY groups in Earlston will gather on Saturday in a bid to show their is nothing new in the concept of a “big society”.

No less that 27 local organisations – from playgroups to sports clubs – will showcase their activities at a special event organised by the Earlston Community Development Trust.

Trust chairwoman Mags Powell told us: “If you’re new to the village or a lifelong resident, this is an opportunity to find out about a host of groups, clubs, societies and committes providing a variety of services for all ages.

“I think a lot of these organisations are overlooked with regards to the actual benefits they bring to our community.

The social aspect of participating can be invalable as I discovered with the Toddler Group when I became a new mum with no family close by.

“I hope the day will not only attract new members to these groups, but reveal untapped talent and energy within the community.”

Among the more ususual attractions will be a mobile pump track, set up by the newly-founded Leader Bike Club which is looking to set up a more permanent facility in and around Earlston.

The community day, which will also feature raffles and refreshments, will run in Hanover House from 10am till 3pm.