Inspiring Stonehaven

By bellmannews / July 19, 2023
Red Lights reading Fireballs 2023 reflect on the harbour waters

STONEHAVEN boasts two nominations amongst this year’s short-list of Aberdeenshire residents and groups who each make their own unique contribution to their community.

The judging process will shortly be underway to decide who takes home the trophies sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council. The winners will be announced at an awards evening on September 27.

Meanwhile, here are the citations for our Stonehaven heroes:

Inspirational volunteer – Angie Mutch, Stonehaven

These awards show us that many amazing people volunteer and give up their own time to support their communities, and Angie is an example of how one person can use their voice to advocate for others.

She is a public representative within the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership and has spent five years providing advice and feedback, advocating for community views, communicating with communities and making sure the voice of the people of Aberdeenshire is heard. Her voluntary roles require hard work and dedication, and she invests a huge amount of her own time so she can provide an informed and valuable contribution across her roles.

The courage and determination shown in her commitment to this work whilst coping with her own personal challenging circumstances is an inspiration. She brings her lived experience to the partnership and is invaluable to making sure services are shaped and delivered to meet the needs of users and the unpaid carers that support them.

Angie is one of those people who makes the people she meets want to be better, a true inspiration.

The Cultural Award – Stonehaven Fireballs Committee

The Fireballs ceremony is an annual event which attracts crowds of up to 10,000 each year from around the world. The parade which involves around flaming balls of fire being swung then thrown into the Harbour has to be seen to be believed but brings with it a LOT of organisation and planning.

A group of volunteers organise this event every year and have dealt with the ever-growing demands placed on them to keep the event both spectacular and safe. Each year they rise to the challenge and go above and beyond to make sure this hugely loved event for both locals and visitors goes ahead each year.

It involves everything from safety event plans to road closures to arranging RNLI support to security and marshalling to crowd management to marketing and much more.

They do whatever it takes to make sure that this centuries old tradition, designed to ward off evil spirits at in the New Year, becomes a reality.