Local quarry helps out Leslie youth club

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Leslie youngsters will benefit from a recent donation made by a company currently under fire from nearby residents, reports KEVIN QUINN.

The town’s youth club received over £1,000 from the Skene Group to go towards equipment, with the club currently in the process of moving to the recently re-opened town hall.

This news comes as locals set up the Leslie Quarry Action Group to raise awareness of blasting at the nearby Skene Quarry causing damage to properties in the north of the town.

Speaking before the club’s re-opening, John Greig from the Leslie Community Trust, which currently runs the town hall, explained just how much this money has helped the youth club, which has re-opened.

He said: “John Taylor from the Leslie Youth Club applied to Skene for funding and got £1,109.

“I’m in the middle of building the equipment just now!

“From that money we have got a proper pool table, a badminton set, giant jenga, 201 board games, Dominoes and card sets, Nintendo Wii and a playstation with games.

“We have still got to have our table tennis table to arrive. By the time the youth club starts it will all be ready for them.

“We got everything online to get the best deal, so we have come out of this with a lot of equipment for the club.

“The club was in the library for a while, which simply isn’t big enough for them.”

Mr Greig is happy with how things have went since the trust re-opened the town hall.

He said: “We have been really busy. We have got two or three karate classes, zumba and also some charity events.

“So there is quite a lot going on. It’s a bit too busy sometimes.

“The youth club will be on a Tuesday, from 7pm - 9pm. There is a youth group at the baptist hall on a Thursday, so the local kids now have this on a Tuesday to keep them occupied.

“It’s totally different from when I was a kid.

“The youth club have done well getting us all the equipment, we can’t thank Skene enough, it was a quick turnaround from John applying for the cash, to getting it, then getting all the equipment for the youth club.”