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How is it June already? This can only mean that it’s almost summer and time to bring out the bunting. In just under a month a very special person will be celebrating a milestone birthday. We all love a good party now and again and what better excuse to celebrate this milestone than with a Street party.

Street parties are a great way to get to know your fellow neighbours a bit better, improve community spirit and have a fun day right on your doorstep – what’s not to like? You can get everyone involved including the kids. Throwing a party is easier than you might think. You can spread the load across willing residents and arrange informal get-togethers to prepare for the party, making the planning stage much more enjoyable.

It’s all about the right ingredients – you can’t beat good food, old friends, new faces, bad jokes and great conversation. So whether you’re planning a street party or even a totally tea-riffic garden party there are plenty of ideas and tips online, for example The Street Party Site to help ensure your party is fit for a queen without having to cost a fortune.

Colouring-in Competition!

grufallo toysTo celebrate all things British right now, Scottish Friendly is running an online competition where we are giving away a selection of Gruffalo soft toys. There are 6 popular characters from Julia Donaldson’s marvellous book series including the Gruffalo himself as well as the mouse, the squirrel, the owl, the fox and the snake (all shown above).

To be in with a chance of winning simply download and print our colouring in picture below and get your little one(s) to colour this in then send it to us. The first 200 entries received will win! Good luck!


The closing date is Friday 17th June. To enter please post your child’s completed picture to our Facebook page or twitter page. Please include your name, child’s age, email and home address so we can contact you if you’re a winner. View full terms and conditions

You can also email your child’s entry to, or by post to Marketing, Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, G2 4HJ. Don’t forget to provide your contact details.

No advice has been provided by Scottish Friendly. If you are in any doubt as to whether a savings or investment plan is suitable for you, you should contact a financial adviser for advice. If you do not have a financial adviser, you can get details of local financial advisers by visiting Advisers may charge for providing such advice and should confirm any cost beforehand.