Celebrations for after school club

CELEBRATIONS: Phyllis is pictured here with former members and staff from the after school club. (Les Black photography).
CELEBRATIONS: Phyllis is pictured here with former members and staff from the after school club. (Les Black photography).

On Friday February 17 the Stonehaven After School Club celebrated its 21st anniversary in the Town Hall. Over 200 people attended in total; including children and parents who have used the facility and staff members past and present.

The night was a great success and a fitting tribute to the 21 years of hard work and dedication given to the club from its manager and founder Phyllis Sinclair.

Twenty one years ago Phyllis left a successful career in the oil and gas industry to set up the Stonehaven after school club with a £50.00 grant and a box of Lego. A lot of things have changed in those 21 years.

Several years ago Phyllis was voted as the unsung heroine in the North East of Scotland by Northsound listeners and had a presentation from Helen Liddell at Edinburgh castle as a reward for her work in the community.

The club now caters for 60 children per day and has even purchased two mini buses to transport the children. These were paid for by fundraising events. The next generation of the Sinclairs is also now moving into management at the club. It was announced at the anniversary evening that Phyllis’s daughter Susan has been appointed as co- manager of the facility.

Professional photographer, Les Black was at hand at the celebrations to capture these fantastic moments. Les and his wife Penny are making up a 21st Anniversary Photo Book for Phyllis and the staff.

Phyllis was presented with a white gold bracelet from the chairperson of the after school club in recognition of her achievements as well as a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

Phyllis stated that it was lovely to see so many old faces, some of whom had travelled from as far as Brazil to join in with the celebrations.

The parents left comments in the guest book for Phyllis and the staff, all of which were very positive. One statement read, “Happy 21st Birthday to one of Stonehaven’s best assets, we’re lucky to have you!”

The staff were delighted to be donated a cheque for a whopping £150 from Farstad which one of the parent users organised for them, as well as some amazing raffle donations from local businesses Aly Bali’s, Chocolate Monkeys, Flower Design and Parade.

The staff would also like to thank all of the parents and staff for their wonderful donations. The raffle raised an incredible £813.41.

This money will be put towards new equipment for the children. Some money will also be used to fund activities throughout the Easter holidays.

Phyllis and the staff thank everyone for attending and making the evening the success that it was and are looking forward to the next 21 years.