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Attendees are flooding back to Town Hall coffee mornings organised by Forres Area Community Trust


By Garry McCartney

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Forres OAP Association’s coffee morning was organised by Forres Area Community Trust.
Forres OAP Association’s coffee morning was organised by Forres Area Community Trust.

FORRES Town Hall has been welcoming visitors back in their droves since re-starting Saturday coffee mornings.

And custodian Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) is looking for more volunteers to keep up with the demand for refreshments and chat.

FACT development manager, Debbie Herron, is thrilled to see the halls filled again every weekend but hopeful is that more citizens will offer their help.

She said: “We need volunteers to serve, man the door and help out with setting-up and packing away. We also need prizes for a raffle that we can use when the opportunity is there.

“Can anyone help us? Anything offered will be fantastic and it would be great folk could share our request with groups or anyone else who might help.”

Moyra Tulloch of Forres OAP Association was on the door.
Moyra Tulloch of Forres OAP Association was on the door.

The coffee mornings stopped as a result of Covid-19 government guidelines in March, 2020, when the town hall was closed. Once restrictions were lifted to Level 0, coffee mornings re-started last month - FACT held the first one jointly with Forres Area Forum.

FACT facilities co-ordinator, Charlotte Grigg, confirmed around 80 people attend on most Saturdays from 10am-noon.

Charlotte Grigg serving the tea.
Charlotte Grigg serving the tea.

She said: “ For a £2 entry fee attendees can have as much coffee or tea as they wish as well as biscuits.

“Each week a different community group will host the event, raising funds for their group or charity. Each is slightly different with regards what activities they hold. Generally there are raffles, bottle stalls and craft stalls.”

Having a laugh while catching up with friends.
Having a laugh while catching up with friends.

The coffee mornings also provide a meeting place for people to meet friends and family, reducing social isolation.

Apart from restrictions such as wearing masks, hand sanitising and leaving track and trace information, there has been no change in the format from pre-pandemic.

June Kirk, Anne Hutcheson and Carole Calder.
June Kirk, Anne Hutcheson and Carole Calder.

Charlotte gets a sense of wellbeing at every one she volunteers at.

She said: “Some will make the drinks or put out the biscuits, some will serve and some will man the stalls or just assist as required. We love meeting new people and giving something back to the community.”

Email info@forresarea.org or call 01309 674388 for more information.

Kay Denby and Ann Clarke .
Kay Denby and Ann Clarke .
John Sutherland in home colours.
John Sutherland in home colours.


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