DECEMBER 2017 marks the first anniversary of a national children’s group in Forres.
The Polish Club was founded to encourage younger generations born in Scotland to appreciate the original culture of their parents and grandparent’s.
Tomasz Kaplon (Tom) explained that many larger local firms employ Poles, and a number of children of Polish descent are growing up in the area.
He said: "We meet every week at Forres House Community Centre where the staff are very supportive.
"In the same way as Scots celebrate Burns and other traditional days, attendees celebrate the rich culture and history of Poland. This enhances their understanding of the country of their forefathers and instils a sense of dual national identity and pride."
The children enjoy Polish language lessons and a range of celebrations. So far, these have included: making carnival masks for Mardi Gras; painting Easter eggs; a barbecue, bonfire and games at Roseilsle on ‘Children’s Day’; reading national poetry on ‘Independence Day’; and, most recently, celebrating ‘St Nicholas Name Day’.
Twenty children aged who regularly attend celebrated the club’s first birthday with balloons, party games and cake.
Tom added: "Forres is a marvellous place to bring our children up. There are attractive surroundings, plenty of activities, good schools and a strong community spirit ... where better?"