Rotarians recognise good community work


SOME of Ellon’s most community spirited residents were recognised in a special ceremony last week, as Ellon Rotary presented its Community Service Recognition Awards.

The annual awards - intended to recognise good work in the community - were presented by Rotary Vice-President Forbes Hamilton on behalf of the club. Four recipients - Liz Bendrey, Hayden Barrett, Lynn Paterson and Sheila Craggs - went home with framed certificates.

Rotary spokesman Alan Gibson told the Times that the awards had generated a worthy shortlist this year.

He said: “Each year the club members are invited to propose people who they feel have gone that extra mile on a voluntary basis to enhance and enrich the lives of others and have made a difference to the community at large and to many individuals within our extended community.”

The presentations were made on Wednesday night at the Station Hotel.

Mrs Liz Bendrey

LIZ has been recognised for her achievements for taking her interest in pantomime considerably further. Liz was instrumental as a member of the Ellon Parish Church Young Woman’s Group to put on musical performances and Pantomimes as far afield as Peterhead, Banff and Rhynie. The group has now become the Church Drama Group.

Liz has been involved in every stage of the production and recognised for her excellent directorship and vision in all the stage productions. The community has benefited from all the local productions and a low cost Christmas treat for the local Brownies, Cubs and Boys Brigade etc.

Mrs Lynn Paterson and Mrs Sheila Craggs.

LYNNE and Sheila – Alto and Soprano singers who have been recognised for serving the communities of elderly folk over the years in Ellon and beyond, includingPeterhead, The Broch, Stuartfield, Lomnay and Stonehaven.

Their gift of uplifting the old folks has been so much appreciated with their beautiful and melodies sound. All their hard work and dedication is carried out without thought of reward but shear gratification in the appreciation given from the community and in particular the elderly homed at Ythan vale, Auchtercrag, Bonnyton House and the British Legion etc.

Mr Hayden Barrett.

HAYDEN for many years as a church member of St Mary-on-the-Rock has been recognised for his charity work. Hayden was awarded an MBE in 2000 for services in support of the Princes Trust. Hayden is also an active member of CHAS.

He has also been involved for over forty years in the Ellon Gordon Cricket Club, where he has held the position of secretary and helped to coach the young members. Hayden currently is the President of the club, to which his skill in leadership and vision is truly recognised.