A diligent Falkirk community group has been named as Scotland’s number one.
Thornwood Tenants and Residents Association, from the Bog Road area, won the best residents association in the country title at an awards ceremony in Dundee at the weekend.
The accolade is the first national award for the seven-strong committee which works tirelessly organising everything from an annual Children’s Fun Day to a Christmas pensioners’ party.
The four-year-old association also encouraged residents to speak their mind and unite as a community earlier this year to save Woodburn Nursery when it faced closure.
But despite all their achievements, members say they feel humbled to be the recipients of the prestigious award.
Chairperson Elizabeth Godfrey said: “It was just unbelievable. We had tears in our eyes.
“We felt lucky to make it through to the final seven, but to hear our name read out as the winners was fantastic.
“Now I know how the contestants on the ‘X-Factor’ feel.
“We have won local awards for the work we do, but we’ve never had a national award.
“The committee really deserve this award. Everything we do, we do it for the community and the community seem to like what we do.
“It’s given us such a boost to keep doing what we’re doing and do it even better.”
The award was presented during the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (Scotland) annual conference on Friday when over 400 Scottish residents, tenants and officers came together for a high-profile event.
Lesley Baird, TPAS Chief Executive, said: “It was very clear how much hard work was going on in the Thornwood group, but they were also very good at keeping in touch with their community and finding out what people actually wanted,
“They also had a very strong relationship with their landlord, Falkirk Council, which is also very important.”
Local councillor David Alexander said: “It comes as no surprise to me that the Thornwood Residents Association has won this award as I witness the benefits of their efforts every day of the week.
“Their work rate is only matched by their commitment to their community, and we are all exceptionally proud of them. No task seems too great for the committee and they go about their business with a smile.
“We are very fortunate to have such a united and dedicated group of publically-spirited residents.”
Provost Pat Reid, who also represents the area, said: “They are a shining example of how a community group should be.
“They are very hard-working, very determined, and well organised and this award is well deserved.
“I’m not in the slightest bit surprised that they won this award.”
n Thornwood TRA will hold its AGM on Tuesday, November 8, at 7 p.m. in Westfield Community Centre.