The Gardenstown Village Action Committee (GVAC) applied for and were awarded a grant from the Scotland Loves Local Fund, administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership, obtained with the support of the Area Manager at Aberdeenshire Council.

This fund encourages local shopping and the support of local communities and assists in allowing us to ensure that this assistance can be carried out safely and in line with government guidelines regarding Covid19.

The grant is being used to update our village website, and to provide assisting funding to local retail enterprises. The Wee Shoppie in Main Street has obtained an additional screen, hand sanitiser applicator and other safety equipment, Bob and Jane at Spar are replacing their counter-top to make it easier to keep clean, Eli has obtained a new external gazebo to provided external protection at the rear of the gallery and tearoom, and the Garden Arms plan to provide additional screening at the bar ready for future reopening.

So locals and visitors are all encouraged to support our local community during these difficult times – and beyond!