Mauchline PS and ECC pupils had an egg-cellent time after the Easter Bunny made a surprise visit to the school this week armed with some delectable treats for all to demolish.

Due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions, those at Centre Stane were unable to host their annual Easter Eggstravaganza in the village but pulled a few strings to ensure the Easter Bunny made an appearance by hook or by crook.

The cotton-tailed creature also surprised kids at Burns Bairns Under 5’s Group, meaning no child missed out on the Easter hi-jinks.

Due to the outstanding success of last year’s Easter window competition, children were set the challenge, too, of decorating their window with an Easter-theme in mind, meaning every corner of Mauchline was bursting with seasonal cheer, with painted windows galore.

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Treasurer Laura Cook said: “Normally we would hold our Easter Eggstravaganza where kids would come to Centre Stane and personally meet the Easter Bunny and then go and do lots of different arts and crafts. Due to the restrictions, we weren’t able to do this this year but decided instead to run a competition with people decorating their window with an Easter theme in their house.

“During the first lockdown it was nice for people going their daily exercise roundabout the village to see all the children’s Easter displays in their windows.

“We also gifted the kids from Mauchline PS and ECC and Burns Bairns an Easter egg.

“We arranged for someone in the school bubble to wear an Easter bunny outfit to deliver eggs to kids and the same situation for Burns Bairns kids, someone in their bubble would deliver it to them. It was really nice and we got some lovely comments on our Facebook page thanking us for such a kind gesture. They said it gave kids a wee boost.”

Volunteers have also started planning for a further easing of lockdown rules but say they are proud of how the building has been used as a vaccination centre in the meantime.

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Laura continued: “We’ll hopefully be joining with other local groups to do a community litter pick, like a big socially-distanced spring clean alongside Mauchline Community Council, Mauchline Action Group and East Ayrshire Council.

“Centre Stane was used as a community vaccination hub over the last few months and is going to be used again for second injections so that lifts you up, seeing people in the community going for their vaccine.

“Our local Hillbillies normally do their Easter egg run in Mauchline, too, but this year they’re taking Easter eggs to Crosshouse kids ward and the community association will make a monetary donation to the ward.”