Compassion and Community Service Recognised

By bellmannews / May 23, 2024
group shot of award winners with David Lawman of SDCC and Tim Stephen

A MACKIE pupil showing compassion and resilience while coping with her mother’s terminal illness has earned this year’s Hannah Dyson Award.

And two long-serving volunteers had their quiet dedication recognised in a presentation event hosted yesterday evening by Stonehaven and District Community Council.

The Hannah Dyson Award is given to a young person with outstanding youth achievement such as academic or sporting success, bravery or outstanding caring or community service.

This year’s winner Ada Primrose was nominated by Mackie teacher Elaine Davidson, who said: ”Ada is an exceptional young lady who has suffered the terrible loss of her mother, but is quietly resilient and always applies herself 100% to whatever she does.

”She is excelling academically and is a humble and compassionate pupil. Ada coped with her mum’s illness for a number of years, supporting her, along with other family members.  Then when her mum did pass away, Ada continued to apply herself to her studies and has become a very independent young lady.”

Ada, who achieved five A’s in her final Higher examinations received her award from Kincardine and Mearns area manager Tim Stephen. Photo courtesy of Jim Stephen

She said she was delighted to receive the award – and is now looking forward to starting university later in the year.

Two community stalwarts also recognised

Mr Stephen also presented the Community Award on behalf of Stonehaven and District Community Council, Stonehaven Business Association and our local churches.

This year’s award recognised two men heading up the teams of volunteers behind two of our local landmarks – Stan Mitchell, who chairs the Recreation Grounds board of trustees, and Bill Allan, chairman and one of the founders of Stonehaven’s Men’s Shed.

Mr Mitchell’s nomination noted his decades of service at the Recreation Grounds where he can be seen volunteering almost every day, engaged in tasks such as sweeping snow from footpaths and stairways and undertaking works of maintenance such as mending fences.

The retired forestry worker has been a member of the Bowling Club for 45 years and took on the chairman role some twenty years ago and- so he has seen and been involved in many of the changes over the years – he was present as a committee member at the opening of the indoor arena 35 years ago and is currently helping oversee the introduction of the MUGA, new putting green and the indoor tennis arena.

Years of community service recognised – Stan Mitchell, left, and Bill Allan, right, with Tim Stephen. Photo courtesy of Jim Stephen

Bill Allan’s contribution to the Men’s Shed was highlighted as ranging from extensive fund-raising and business plan writing, achieving charitable status for the Shed and helping secure the Community Asset Transfer of the Beach Pavilion.

Recently SDMS has managed to obtain further grants of over £80,000 to fit the shed with Solar panels, Air Source Heat Pumps and battery storage.  As Chairman, Bill is the key driver behind this.

In other roles, Mr Allan has been on the Stonehaven Town Centre Improvement Group (STIG) for the last three years and he was on the committee of Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) from 2015 to 2020.

Mr Allan’s breadth of experience was cited in his nomination: ”He has a wealth of knowledge of funding and securing funding for community projects and this has benefitted this whole town.  The voluntary groups all work together and Bill is often seen at all the community events. 

”Most importantly though he is a really decent person, he never looks for any recognition or self promotion, he does what he does because it’s the right thing to do.”

Feauture image – the award winners and Mr Stephen together with SDCC chair David Lawman, left. Photo courtesy of Jim Stephen.