Bingo and a raffle

At  7 PM On Friday 1st February 2013 there will be a quiz night at the Seafield Arms Hotel Rothes with all proceeds going to Knockando Playgroup.

The cost is £2 Per Person and there will be bingo and a raffle.

Donations to the raffle would be very welcome, Please hand to Chris at the Seafield or  Viv or Nic at Playgroup. Thanks!

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Happy New Year everyone!

Hope you all had great Christmas and new year and are ready for the new term. The weather has been pretty mild so far but there is snow in the air..


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Knockando Playgroup are holding an Auction Sale

Knockando Playgroup are holding an Auction Sale (offering a wide selection of quality goods) in Archiestown Hall on Friday 31 August 2012 commencing at 6.30pm. There will be quality household goods, fishing, homebakes, fruit & veg, hay, a float and a days climbing and abseiling to name just a few of the many items on offer.

Viewing on the day from 2.00 til 4.00pm. Anyone wishing to donate items should contact 01340 810592 or 01340 810339. All proceeds in aid of Knockando Playgroup Funds (SC014667). Anyone wishing to hand out flyers in their local area please let me know, all help canvassing greatly appreciated.

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We’re back!

So that was summer then!

Welcome back to playgroup everyone and a big welcome to all our new staters!

See you at 9:30 on Thursday the 23rd of August.

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Archiestown 5K 2012

Archiestown 5K 2012

Following last year’s success we held another 5K on Sunday 15th July 2012.  Once again the ‘Still Running’ Dufftown Jogscotland group supported us and we are very grateful to Audrey and Alex Benvie for all their help, advice and support.

This year we enjoyed good weather, unlike last year’s downpour, and we had 60 entries from runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities.

 The race was won by Paul Rogan (Forres Harriers), the first female was Amanda Cruickshank (Keith and District) who was also last year’s winner, William Bremner  was the first male Jogscotland member and Inga Van Der Heiden was the first female Jogscotland member both of whom are with ‘Still Running’ Dufftown Jogscotland.  These winners were given a bottle of 10yo Macallan each which were donated for the event by The Macallan Distillers.  We opened up the event to all ages and we had our first under 12 winner, Jessica Laing who received a voucher and some sweets.

A post race buffet was provided by Playgroup Parents and Staff for all and certainly went down well.

We do not have a net figure to date but our gross takings were £451.74 which was raised from entries, sponsors (still to get the total), the raffle and donations.  A big thank you must go out to all those who participated, helped, donated prizes and food and to all those who gave sponsors.

Due to the success of this event again we will be holding this event next year so watch this space for details.

The final results are now available to download as a .pdf file.

Elaine Bain

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Its that time again….

After the success of last years’s Archiestown 5k run we have decided to do it again this year. The date is set for Sunday 15 July 2012 starting at 11:00am at Archiestown Village Square (South Lane) following a circular route through the beautiful countryside overlooking the Spey valley before finishing back at North Lane, Archiestown.

Registration and race number collection on race day in Archiestown Village Hall between 10.00am and 10.45am


Registration form (.pdf)

Elaine Bain

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Coffee morning 9th June 10 am-12 noon

The next coffee morning on the 9th June 10 am-12 noon.

Scones and pancakes are being supplied, but I do appreciate those who offered to make.
I would appreciate some baking for the sales table and a raffle prize please. Raffles can be handed to me next week if it is easier for you.

At present I have 5 eager helpers which is great, if anyone else is free, just let me know, I know that it isn’t easy at a weekend. Any queries, please let me know.

If you can’t help you might like to pop down, cheap morning, only £1 for your coffee, scone and pancake……….bargain.

Hope to see you there.


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Parent involvement meeting

The next meeting will be on wed 13th June, this will also incorporate the AGM.  It would be nice to see as many faces as possible.


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28 Miles later

On May 13 a team of 10 people, made of of parents staff and friends of Knockando Playgroup, took part in the Speyside Kiltwalk, a 26 mile walk from Buckie to Aberlour to raise money for a number of Scottish children’s charities including Knockando Playgroup.

It was a great day and despite the dark sky and strong winds (must remember to take a kilt pin next year), muddy inclines and steep hills and we all made it to the finish line in one piece.

We are still waiting for the total amount raised but it looks to be in excess of £1000.00

Well done to Nicola Robertson, Elaine Bain, Shona Donald, Tim Rogers, Craig Scott, Lynsey Goodall, Sandra Cruikshank, Stuart Murdoch, Dorothy Murdoch and Jenny Britton.

More about the Kiltwalk charity here

Tim Rogers

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Knockando Playgroup Plant a Jubilee Tree at the Woolmill

Tree planting at Knockando Woolmill

On a sunny morning in April , children, parents and playworkers from Knockando Playgroup, and Grenville (Lord Lieutenant  of Moray) turned out to help Hugh, the Woolmill weaver, plant a special tree celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Hugh was helped by all the children to tap the oak tree out of its pot and into the soil. Each child shoveled in some compost to help the tree take hold and grow, and we all shared a special moment thinking about how we could come back and sit in the shade of its branches.

We took a tour of the Woolmill site, first stop the pond, where water is diverted from the Knockando Burn. We followed the path of the lade (a big clay pipe) that takes the water down to the mill. We paused at the dug out where the refurbished waterwheel will be put back in place shortly, and talked about how the mill used water power to run the carding, spinning and weaving machinery to make cloth from raw wool.
After that we peeked through the weaving shed windows and saw the two dobby looms, due to start operations again later this summer. We continued our walk round the site, making several trips under ‘the creepy’ where grown-ups wisely heeded the signs to ‘Mind yer heid’.

For snack we sat in the café, and then moved through into the interpretation area for an embellished storytelling of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The children took part in the story by spinning drop spindles and twisting raw wool in their fingers, getting a real feel for the joys of processing wool into yarn.

We rounded off the day with the children drawing trees and stenciling mini beasts onto one big picture to take back to Playgroup. Of course I am biased but I’m pretty sure a great day was had by all!

The Woolmill is open to the public from 1st June so I hope to see you all there again soon!  I’ll put details up on the Woolmill website shortly about family activities on Wednesday afternoons over the summer.



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