Bairn Book and Playground | News from Shetland
TWO COMMUNITY groups from Shetland were celebrating Tuesday after securing nearly £ 20,000 in lottery funding.
A grant of £ 10,000 is given to the Charlestown Playpark Association in Whalsay to purchase new equipment for the Symbister play park.
The group also received £ 1,500 from the Tesco Community Awards program, as well as over £ 5,000 in donations from the local community.
The renovation will take place over the summer when the council plans to replace some of its playground equipment.
Committee chair Ann Marie Anderson said everyone was “absolutely thrilled” because they did not expect to receive such a large grant.
“We’re so excited and can’t wait to have the new equipment to play,” she said.
The association was not formed until last April after local moms realized that the play park had not had new equipment for 15 years.
Meanwhile, a storybook written in Shetland dialect by a local air ambulance pilot will be published and distributed to all local schools aged seven to 12 through a lottery grant of £ 9,976.
Hansel Cooperative Press said there would also be dialect lessons in schools to complement the project.
Author Bjorn Sandison said: “I am as happy to read as I am to read as I wrote. The Da Shetland dialect is truly amazing.
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