Community coffee mornings in Laurencekirk have provided more than just substenance to local residents - to the tune of £1000.
Organisers of the weekly event, held in the village community centre, have once again handed out cheques to local causes.
The popular and well-attended mornings, held between 10 and 11.30am, give friends, neighbours and anyone else who happens along, a chance to get together and share a laugh and a story or two.
An array of home baking is provided, along with the tea and coffee, and all that is asked in return is a small donation of two pounds per person.
The coffee mornings were first held in what is now the Red Cross shop, before moving to the community centre in 1999, and every year the profits raised are disbursed to local causes, suggested and put forward by the attendees themselves.
Currently ensuring the smooth running of these mornings is local woman Helen Reid, who told us: “We’ve raised a lot of money over the years and it’s great to be able to spend it on local causes.”
Despite the well-documented uncertainties in the past few months over the continued use of the community centre as the venue, the regulars have simply kept going as normal and once again raised a magnificent sum.
This year’s beneficiaries were Fettercairn Lunch Club (£100); Fettercairn Christmas lights (£100); Laurencekirk Out of School Club (£300) and Laurencekirk Lunch Club (£200); with a further £300 spent on providing the Christmas lights on Laurencekirk High Street