An Aberdeenshire community group have raised over £800 towards improving local facilities after organising a series of pop-up cafes.
The Potterton community group hosted an Easter Fayre in combination with their impromptu café which they have been running on the last Saturday of every month since January.
So far, the food outlets, which have been operating for two hours every month, have proved a hit with the local community after a survey was launched by the group to identify what people wanted in the area.
Potterton community group chairwoman, Caroline Anderson said: “The pop-up cafes first started after we put out a questionnaire asking locals what they would like to see in the village if they had a magic wand.
“[The response was] a lot of the elderly community didn’t have anything local such as friendship groups, so the cafes have gone down really well, because people are able to come along for the full two hours and get top-ups of tea and coffee and home bakes [which are donated].”
As a result of their success, the group decided to host a special Easter event for all the family.
And Ms Anderson said: “We’ve been doing the pop-up cafes as a way of raising some money, so the idea of an Easter fayre really came about from that.
“We usually get between 40 and 50 people coming along to the pop-up cafes every month, which raise between £150 to £170, but at the Easter event, we had over 150 people attend which was fantastic and we raised around £800.
“We thought the event was a great success and we felt it went down really well.
“The fayre had outdoor games such as darts, hook-a-duck and hoopla, we also had a basketball shoot-out.
“I think the parents enjoyed the games just as much as the children.
“With the money raised, we have applied to create a path that connects the top of Potterton down to where the hub of the community is, so part of the money will hopefully go towards this.
“We are also hoping to extend our community centre as it is always fully booked.”