On Thursday, May 28, Tarfside, Lethnot and Stracathro primary schools held their annual joint sports day.
This year it was hosted by Tarfside Primary School in Glenesk.
Alongside the traditional fun and games, a fundraising event was also held by the Angus Glens Moorland Group to raise cash for the nursery annexed to Tarfside school. Local sporting estates - which support many of the families in the area - contributed food, drink, raffle prizes, bouncy castle, marquees and manpower to ensure the event was a success. Funky Faces by Kirsten was also on hand to paint the children’s faces.
Head gamekeepers Jason Clamp and Garry MacLennan, from Millden and Invermark, put their skills to good use, cooking local produce donated from Auchmull Estate and local butcher Bruce Brymers to keep everyone well fed. Despite the uncertain forecast, good weather was enjoyed by children, parents and locals alike.
Organiser of the fund raising and co-ordinator for the Angus Glens Moorland Group, Lianne MacLennan, said: “The local community has really pulled together. The teachers have done a brilliant job of the sports day and the fundraising has been amazing. This is due in no small part to the generosity of Invermark, Millden, Auchmull, Lethnot, Hunthill, and Glenogil estates.
“It was super to see all the gamekeepers take the time to come along and enjoy the atmosphere. Everyone has had a great time and we’ve raised £1500 for the nursery.” Mrs Elaine Greenhill, Head Teacher of Tarfside and Lethnot Primary, added: “The sports/fun day at Tarfside was a huge success giving children from Tarfside, Lethnot and Stracathro Primary Schools the opportunity to join together for a fun-filled day.
“We are very grateful for the generosity shown by the local estates both with their donations and the time given by their workforce. It is so important for the success of schools in rural settings to have families living and working in the glens. The estate owners’ support is greatly appreciated.”