Presentation of new mugs to local group

Yvonne Ritchie, middle, presents Mrs Shearer, left, and Mrs Thomson, right, with the 60 mugs.
Yvonne Ritchie, middle, presents Mrs Shearer, left, and Mrs Thomson, right, with the 60 mugs.

MEMBERS of Brechin Pensioner’s Association will be able to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in new mugs, thanks to a donation from Brechin Castle Garden Centre.

Managing director of the Brechin Castle Garden Centre presented Mrs Shearer, chairman of the Brechin Pensioners’ Association and Mrs Thomson, treasurer of the group, with 60 mugs for use by the pensioners at their meetings in the Mechanics’ Institute.

The request was first made to the Garden Centre by Miss Jean Gray, a member of both the Mechanics’ Institute management committee and the pensioners’ Association, who has sadly since passed away, but her influence lives on.

A spokesperson for the management committee of the Mechanics’ said: “We are most grateful to the garden centre for their support in the on-going refurbishments and provision of items for the use of hirers of the building.

“We are also delighted to have the scaffolding removed from the building at last.

“It is now possible to see the full effect of the work carried out on the precise instruction of Historic Scotland for the preservation of the building.

“The finishing touches, with the front raised levels being landscaped and benches provided, will be completed in time for the passing of the Olympic torch on June 12 and for the Art @ The Mechanics’ 2012 exhibition between June 11 to 23.

“We are also pleased to announce that prices for the hire of the accommodation have been kept at the same rate for another year.”

Mrs Shearer and Mrs Thomson both recommended the Mechanics’ as being “warm, comfortable and good value for money.”

Prices on the hire form are for a one-off hire. Anyone interested in taking the halls for on-going classes, course or meetings should discuss terms of business with treasurer John Ogilvie on 01356 622672.