Community group honours Ormiston’s local heroes at ceremony

Community group honours Ormiston’s local heroes at ceremony

Members of the public voted for the winners for their contribution to the village in the past year. Awards were presented to Jay McNeill and Heather Dobbie, the former for her work at Ormiston Medical Practice and Heather for her work at Well Pharmacy.

Scott Gillies, community council chair, said: “They may say they are only doing their jobs and that might be the case. But it is the way they go about doing everything they can to provide folk with the best advice and service they can, often going above and beyond, that has led to them being honoured.”

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Ormiston Gala Committee was presented with an award for the village gala this summer.
Mr Gillies said: “I don’t think there could be a single complaint about our gala day back in June.

“The whole way the park was set up, the entertainment and the vibe around the park was perfect.”
Ormiston Guild Committee was honoured for its commitment to running lunch clubs in the village church and helping organise church events.

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While brothers and well-known funeral directors Jordan and Daniel Allan were also rewarded after completing a charity climb of Ben Nevis earlier this year, raising £3,400 to be shared between charities Held In Our Hearts; The Hollies day centre, Musselburgh; and the village’s Primrose Day Centre.

Mr Gillies added: “I’m sure you’ll all agree that the boys have done a great deal to be extremely proud of and I’m sure will continue to do in the years to come.”

The Primrose Day Centre trishaw pilots won an award for their work using trishaws, to take elderly people around the village.

Mr Gillies said: “This is a great way for them to bring back memories from days gone by and see what has changed over the years. It also gives them the chance to chat to not only their fellow travellers and cyclists, but also people they pass on their journeys.

“I often pass them when I am out walking the dogs and always try to take a moment to say hello and give them a wave.”

Former Ormiston Primary School headteacher Helen Gardyne was an award recipient for her services to the school for 17 years.

Mrs Gardyne was recently named the new headteacher of Haddington Primary School.

Mr Gillies said: “Helen is a strong leader who knows what she wants and has assembled a fantastic teaching staff at the school, who are of great benefit to the children of this village.

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“Sadly for us, after 17 years a bigger school came calling and Helen has now moved on to the role of head at Haddington. 

“Ormiston’s loss is certainly Haddington’s gain and we, of course, wish Helen the very best in her new role.”

Lewis Latimer, who could not attend on the night, was recognised  for a sponsored cycle which raised more than £300 towards the village Christmas lights. 

Mr Latimer will receive his award when he switches on the lights on December 1.

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