STIRLING Provost Mike Robbins will honour local citizens at a special civic awards ceremony in Stirling Castle on Friday.
Provost Robbins will present a total of 28 Provost’s Awards in the Great Hall of the castle to local people and organisations who have made significant contributions to the life of their community or achieved national recognition in their chosen field.
This year’s award winners range from St Ninians postmaster William Troup for his 50 years of service to the community to Friends of Bridge of Allan in enhancing open spaces and boosting the sense of community and pride in the town and the Stirling Observer’s own Kippen correspondent Winnie Dunlop who has been collating news from the village for 50 years.
This year’s categories are Academic, Arts and Culture, Business, Community, Sport and Voluntary, The Citizen Jaffray Award and two new categories of Youth and Special Achievement.
Award winners are:
Academic: Professor Andrew Watterson, Professor of Health Effectiveness in School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Stirling University.
Arts and Culture: Marjorie Davies, for bringing Dunblane’s history, art and culture to life through her 30 years of service at Dunblane Museum; Obi Iroegbu, storyteller, historian and community activist; Graham Oliphant , whose vision, enthusiasm and determination has seen the Callander Jazz and Blues Festival go strength to strength.
Business: William Troup of St Ninians Post Office; Robert Turnbull, for developing Thornhill’s village store into a much-valued part of the community; William (Bill) Kane of Radio Music Store , Bannockburn; Scotbeef Ltd, Bridge of Allan meat processors.
Community: Rose Curley, popular member of the Cornton community; Tony Ford, chair of Bridge of Allan and Dunblane Rotary Club and Dunblane Community Council; Friends of Bridge of Allan; Friends of Plean Country Park;
Kippen Sports Development Ltd, the driving force behind the new multi-sports facility for the village; Brian Simmers, for his commitment and drive to the upgrading of Killearn’s Village Hall; Iain Somerville, for his dedication and commitment to youth sport across the Killearn area; Riverside 50+ Group; Crianlarich into Action Group, for their drive and desire to improve the village.
Sport: Max McKinstrie, Kippen’s captain of last year’s victorious Scottish Fly Fishing team at the International Fly Fishing Competition on the Lake of Menteith.
Voluntary: Alistair Gemmell, for his dedication to Stirling area veterans; Dianne Jackson, dedicating many hours each week to help people with a wide range of disabilities; Andrew McDonald, for helped adults and children with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest; Sheila Pheely, organiser for the WRVS cafe at the former Stirling Royal Infirmary and now at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital; Riding for the Disabled, Bannockburn.
Youth: Daniel Addison, the 11 year old has won several national and local ten pin bowling titles; Killin Youth Group.
Special Achievement: Ronnie Rusack, chairman of the Seagull Trust Cruises which provides free canal cruising in Scotland for people with special needs.
The Citizen Jaffray Award is presented in memory of Cambusbarron’s William ‘Citizen’ Jaffray (1749-1828) who was responsible for a smallpox vaccination programme, which saved the lives of thousands of people.
He also won freedom from slavery for a Caribbean woman destinedto return to the West Indies.
The award honours a citizen who has done much at their own expense for no reward and this year the award is being given to two citizens - Stirling Observer’s Kippen correspondent Winnie Dunlop who has been at the heart and soul of the village for most of her life, involved in the church, WRI, the Reading Room and heritage project; and Anne Muirhead ,who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Gargunnock community for nearly 50 years helping others and raising funds.
Stirling Council would like to specially thank the sponsors of the 2012 Provost Awards ceremony: Active Stirling, Dundas and Wilson, Diageo, Norbord Limited, United Auctions, Scottish Gas, CBS and Graham’s Dairies for their kind contributions.