Council recognises Broch volunteers

Councillor Toppings guests Iain Ranking and Jim Kirkwood receiving their certificates of appreciation from Provost William Howatson
Councillor Toppings guests Iain Ranking and Jim Kirkwood receiving their certificates of appreciation from Provost William Howatson

Volunteers from across Aberdeenshire were recognised for their hard work at a reception held by Aberdeenshire Council last week (Thursday, June 23) at Woodhill House.

Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howatson hosted the event, which highlighted the work of those who give up their time to help support their community.

Provost Howatson said: “Volunteers play a vital role in helping the council achieve its aim of maintaining and improving the quality of life for the residents of Aberdeenshire.

“To achieve our goals it is important the council and the voluntary sector work together as a partnership towards a common aim. To do this we build on existing good practice, share values and objectives and recognise each others strengths and abilities. The council can only benefit from drawing on the collective and individual expertise of volunteers to improve the services we provide.”

Two volunteers who were recognised for their work were Jim Kirkwood and Iain Rankin of the 1st Fraserburgh scout group. Both men have gave valuable and lengthy service to their local communities.

Mr Kirkwood has served as the assistant cub scout leader before becoming club scout leader, as well as organising beach cleans, assisting with the Blue Light Festival and being a swimming coach for young people at district and regional level.

Mr Rankin became the Scout leader back in 1980 but it is not just in the scouts he has served the community Mr Rankin has also been on the Fraserburgh 400 celebration committee, member of the Fraserburgh Forward Group and a past Chairmen of Fraserburgh Futures Partnership until the end of the Partnerships operation. These accolades as well as many others lead to Mr Rankin being invited along to reception as a guest of councillor Brian Topping.

Each of the volunteers recognised were nominated by their local councillor; volunteers at the reception include those volunteering with young children in Rainbow Groups, netball clubs, girls football, Scout Groups and swimming coaching. As well as those who work with village associations, Ambulance Service, Community Councils and residents associations were also represented.