7000th visitor for Airlie Silver Surfers

THE AIRLIE Silver Surfers have gone from strength to strength since the group was first set up in 2000 - so they were especially pleased to welcome their 7000th visitor last week.

Founder Mamie Bruce-Gardyne started the group following the suicide of a local farmer. She thought that giving those living in rural areas the chance to learn skills and meet new people might prevent more tragedy.

Just over a decade later the group have welcomed Princess Anne to a weekly session and members were even invited to Holyrood to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The group hit yet another marvellous milestone last week when Cathy Munro dropped by and became the 7000th visitor.

Founder Mamie said that the group, which had humble beginnings in her kitchen before moving to the Airlie Hall, is as much a social outlet as it is for learning.

Members have come on in leaps and bounds and have leared how to use Microsoft packages including Word as well as e-mail, Skype and publishing software to make their own greetings cards.

In the beginning tuition was offered by staff from Dundee University in exchange for members taking part in research projects - something members have continued to do over the years.