Ending the Year on a High 

An open day, a new home and a parade; MRO’s reflections on the last two months of a memorable year.

On the 16th of November Moray Reach Out held an Open Day in our new home in the centre of Buckie. Well supported by many from the local community and the surrounding area the day allowed us to shine a spotlight onto all of our current projects and initiatives in addition to telling people all about the exciting future we have planned for our new building.

Open day attractions included a yarn spinning demonstration by the MRO staff and volunteers involved in the new Art Yarn project, a display table set up by the Elgin based embroidery team who used the event as an opportunity to try and promote their services to local organisations in addition to a series of stalls selling some of the wares that can be found in MRO’s Yarns & Craft and Embroidery & Fine Gifts shops. The Buckie and Lossie recycling teams also participated, setting up an information booth where members of the public could learn more about what kind of plastics can be recycled.


Open Day team photo in our new home!


In addition to celebrating our first Open Day in the new building we also celebrated another exciting first; this was taking part in the Buckie Christmas Kracker parade on the 1st of December. The event is a Buckie tradition and consists of a parade through the town centre, a Christmas fayre and plenty of music finishing with the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights. (More information about the event can be found on the Buckie Christmas Kracker Facebook Page).

Aiming to make a big impact on our first appearance we decided to enter a float that all three of our teams could help to decorate. MRO’s ‘Yarns & Crafts’ went on to create some giant snowmen, the embroidery team made some beautiful bunting and the recycling team, had great fun making some maracas out of some of the materials they normally help to recycle! Everyone had a great time and there’s definite interest from across all of the teams to make this into an annual event.


Some of the trainees manning our float during the Buckie Christmas Kracker parade.


On one final note, Moray Reach Out would like to wish all of its customers, trainees, volunteers, staff and the Board of Directors a wonderful time over the festive period. We thank you for all the support you’ve given us over that last year and hope that you, like us, are looking forwards to an exciting 2019!