Church are good neighbours

Standing room only as the children of Glencairn Nursery try out their new bus flanked by Jeanette Newman and Alasdair Meek.
Standing room only as the children of Glencairn Nursery try out their new bus flanked by Jeanette Newman and Alasdair Meek.

Members of Kings Church in Motherwell have been acting as good neighbours to Glencairn Nursery by revitalising its outdoor play area.

Volunteers led by Alasdair Meek created a mud kitchen and a play bus for the youngsters as well as sprucing up the garden area and painting the huts.

This is part of the church’s Love Our Neighbourhood initiative which sees them doing good deeds for organisations within the local community.

Kings Church member Gillian Falconer, whose daughter attends the nursery, said: “We want to love our neighbours in practical ways, I had a link with the nursery anyway and there was jobs needing done so when they asked for help we was delighted to do whatever we could.

“The work took a week and all our activities are funded through the church, we used a lot of recycled materials and B&Q in Motherwell have been really good at giving us reduced goods, and we would really like to thank the manager Joe Stein.

“The kids used to always go out and play in the mud in their wetsuits so it is great there is now more here for them to go and the garden looks really nice too, it’s made such a difference.

“Alasdair Meek is brilliant at practical work and it is so good to have people like that, but we have other people with different skills who are ideal for other projects.

“Basically as the need arises we put out a sheet of paper for people to volunteer and some people sign up for the likes of home baking or gardening or painting, and we bring the teams together through that.”

Staff and pupils at Glencairn Nursery were thrilled by the transformation of the outdoor area and senior early years worker Jeanette Newman thanked the members of Kings Church for all their hard work.

She also hopes to calm the fears of any parents who may be worried with seeing the phrase ‘mud kitchen’.

Jeanette said: “We want to say thanks to Kings Church for all their help in making our garden all tidy, painting the huts and creating the mud kitchen and the play bus for the children and we are sure they will have lots of fun and get lots of use out of it.

“We had seen the mud kitchen in another nursery and then one of the staff had visited a nursery with the bus and we thought they looked really good, we had the area not being used outside so decided to try to expand the facilities.

“Parents don’t need to worry about the kids getting their clothes messy, they have been wearing wetsuits and wellington boots to go outside anyway as there is sand, water and paint so we are well covered and they’ll be fine even when they are using the mud kitchen.”

Although the work at Glencairn Nursery is finished the members of Kings Church remain busy.

Gillian said: “We had an outreach in April and over the last two weeks have been giving gifts to business and had a party for VAMW, with another party coming up for them at Christmas, where we do everything to ensure they have a great day out.

“Last Thursday we hosted a coffee morning at Ravens Court and gave Asda lots of boxes of cake to treat the staff.

“We’ve also been in contact with the councillor Peter Nolan and he’s been talking to various people about what projects we can get involved in, really we are just happy to help wherever we can.”

In addition to one off projects and events the church also has ongoing work such as the lunch club on Tuesdays, Soccer Heroes on Saturday and the kid’s club which meets once a month.