An inspirational crafts group has created history after securing a highly-prestigious Queen’s Award for its work in the community.
Creative Care, which was started in Milngavie in 1978 by resident Nan Middleton and based in the town hall until 2010 before moving to Brackenbrae House, Bishopbriggs, was recently awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the group equivalent of an MBE.
It is the highest award which can be given to a volunteer groups in the UK and recognises the outstanding work that has been done in the local community. It has only ever been bestowed once before within East Dunbartonshire.
In recognition East Dunbartonshire Council welcomed members of the group to a civic reception at their Marina HQ where they were presented with the honour by The Queen’s local representative Lord Lieutenant Rear Admiral Michael Gregory OBE.
Mrs Middleton, said: “We’re thrilled to bits. We’re only the second group in the whole of East Dunbartonshire to receive it and only 13 got it in Scotland.
“It’s the culmination of two years of work and interviews since the group was nominated for the award.”
The group had to move to its current base after its lease with the council ran out and were offered one for Brackenbrae House.
Mrs Middlelton added: “The council offered us a 99-year lease at a peppercorn rent and we’ve never looked back. We just love it. As soon as we saw it, it felt like home.
“Now that we have settled in Bishopbriggs we’re able to diversify from 3D decoupage - for example beading, parchment, quilting - we are able to offer classes in all these things. We can also offer longer courses and day courses whenever the need arises.”
Also present at the civic reception were Provost Una Walker and Councillor Rhondda Geekie, Leader of the Council, who nominated Creative Care for the award and helped their relocation to Brackenbrae House.
Lord Lieutenant Rear Admiral Michael Gregory said: “It was a great pleasure to present this Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to such a thoroughly deserving organisation. Everyone associated with it should be congratulated for their efforts.”
Provost Walker added: “It genuinely is well deserved for the tremendous work.”