nominations sought for Community award

Ian Archibald, Burntisland Community Award recipient in 2012
Ian Archibald, Burntisland Community Award recipient in 2012

The search is on for the person in Burntisland who has given most to the community and who will win the Community Award for 2013.

Every year, Burntisland Community Council makes an award to someone whose service to the community has been outstanding. There are no restrictions on the type of service which can be recognised – all that matters is that the winner of the award is an example to others.

Previous winners have come from many different walks of life. Some have given long and excellent service to different local organisations. Others have excelled in the face of disability. Still others have worked quietly in the background bringing comfort to people who are distressed by illness or family circumstances.

Whatever the background, the key point is that winners of the Award are considered by the Community Council to be an example of how we should live our lives in support of the people around us.

Nominations should be made to the Secretary of Burntisland Community Council, Isabel Smith, at 4 Laburnum Grove, not later than Friday 14th December, or to any member of the Community Council. The winner will be announced on Hogmanay.

Last year’s winner was long-serving Burntisland historian Ian Archibald, a retired cartographer who was instrumental in setting up the Burntisland Heritage Trust in 1994 and who spent many years researching and recording the town’s heritage and history.

Alex MacDonald, chairman of Burntisland Community Council, said: “It’s one of the highlights of our year. It’s important for us to take some time out and look at all of the good, supportive things that have happened in our community and see who is behind them.

“We like to reward the people who are genuinely examples of how we would like people in Burntisland to behave towards one another.

“Most commonly, it’s a single individual who has done something really spectacular. However, we’ve also recognised a married couple and also a class of pupils who have worked together in a particular way. So it can sometimes be more than one person.

“We’ve recognised people of all ages – from teenage to adults in their 90s – so we’re really in the hands of people who want to nominate a friend, a neighbour or just someone they know who deserves some special recognition.”