Local woman honoured for services to the community


Community stalwart Irene Thomson was honoured for her services to Lumphanan at a special tea held at Banchory Lodge Hotel last week.

Lumphanan Community Council honoured Mrs Thomson at the event on Thursday, February 12, for her long-standing dedication to the local community.

Since moving to Lumphanan in 1976, she has been heavily involved in a number of local groups.

The wife of the former headmaster of Lumphanan Primary School, Mrs Thomson has been a member of the Lumphanan Gala Committee, as well as helping out with the Scouts and Cubs as ‘Bagheera’.

She is also involved in the local whist club, which meets once a week, and has played her part in the village pantomime, all the while working at Craigendarroch, near Ballater.

Along with the Lumphanan Heritage Society committee, she helped purchase the Stothert Memorial Church for the village.

Working with elderly people at Annesley House Care Home, Mrs Thomson has arranged countless musical evenings, quizzes and outings.

Her dedication to the community council is perhaps her most impressive achievement, as she marks 35 years service this year.

Cllr Geva Blackett was one of the guests at the special tea at Banchory Lodge.

She said: “Everyone in the area knows Irene but I don’t suppose many know just how much she contributes to community life and 35 years serving a community council must be a record!

“This celebration of her dedication is a wonderful and fitting gesture and one that I am proud to be party to.”

Mrs Thomson said: “I was very surprised and did not suspect anything.

‘‘I would like to thank all those involved for the lovely gesture.”