Renfrewshire’s unsung heroes have been honoured at the 2012 Provost’s Community Awards.

STV’s Sean Batty and River City star Tom Urie joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson for the celebrations which recognise the special achievements of local heroes.

The awards, now in their 14th year, were also the last to be hosted by Provost Lawson before she steps down in May.

Each of the nominees, their families and the people who nominated them were invited to the ceremony, held at the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew.
This year’s winners were:
Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services) – The Buddy Beat
Adult Achiever Award (sponsored by Diageo) – Alice Beaton, Lamont Farm.
Special Needs Award (sponsored by Scottish Power and former Provost Ronnie Burns) – Edward Garry, Paisley
Community Volunteer Award (sponsored by BASF Performance Products UK) – Ian Williams, Paisley

Carer’s Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison) – Irene Struthers, Johnstone

Spirit of Fairtrade Award, (sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre) – Katrina Millar and Brooke Hepburn, Gleniffer High School

Child of Achievement (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd) – Robbie Colquhoun, Paisley.

This year for the first time, there was also an overall winner’s award, chosen by the panel of judges from all the categories. Overall winner’s award went to Alice Beaton, for her service of more than 20 years to the Lamont Farm charity in Erskine.

Provost Lawson said: “The Provost’s Community Awards are always a very special occasion and this year was particularly special for me as it was my last time hosting the awards.

“It is one of my favourite jobs as Provost to be able to host this event and pay tribute to the many people who make such worthwhile contributions to our communities and overcome significant personal difficulties and tragedies at the same time. All the winners and nominees were fantastic and an inspiration to others. I’d like to congratulate them all, as well as the sponsors, without whom the awards wouldn’t be possible.”

Sean Batty said: “Being from Renfrewshire myself, it is a great pleasure for me to be able to join the Provost in honouring these local residents for all their achievements and contributions to the community. It’s always really inspiring and a really great, positive event. The winners, and nominees, are all very deserving and I really enjoyed meeting them and hearing their stories. It’s also been a pleasure to work closely with Provost Lawson on this and several other community events over the past few years and would also congratulate her on her huge contribution to the community as well.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson also spoke at the event to congratulate Provost Lawson on all her work over the past five years.

He said: “The Provost’s Community Awards have become one of the key community events in Renfrewshire over the past 14 years and have grown under Provost Lawson to incorporate awards that recognise local achievements in Fairtrade and Arts and Culture. She has always been a huge supporter of the community and local charities and will be sadly missed as Provost. So as well as all very deserving winners and nominees, it’s also fitting to congratulate the Provost.”


Still Time to Nominate Your Local Heroes

There’s still time for people to nominate Renfrewshire’s brightest stars for a prestigious community award.

The Renfrewshire Provost’s Community Awards recognise local people who have made a special achievement or contribution to our communities or have done something to inspire others.

Now the nomination deadline has been extended by another two weeks to give more people the chance to put forward their nominees.

Now in their twelfth year, there are seven different award categories so that people from all walks of life have a chance to be recognised from children and carers to arts and Fairtrade.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “The awards really are a chance to recognise and say thankyou to the many special people across Renfrewshire who have achieved something extraordinary or given something back to their community.

“Often the most amazing thing about the nominees is that they don’t know why they are so special. That’s why it’s so important to nominate and that’s why we’re giving people more time to put someone forward. It can be a friend, relative, colleague, a teacher, a pupil, a group. The awards ceremony itself is always a very special occasion, seeing the winners’ faces and meeting all of them is one of the biggest pleasures of my role as Provost.

“It only takes a few minutes to fill in a form so please spare this small amount of time if you know someone special.”

All shortlisted nominees will be invited along with their family and the person who nominated them to the Awards Ceremony in February at the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew.

Winners receive return flights for two to London, two nights in four star accommodation, £200 spending money and £500 for the charity of their choice.

The categories in the Provost’s Community Awards are:-
Arts and Culture Award, sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services

Adult Achiever Award, sponsored by Diageo

Child of Achievement, sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd

Carer’s Award, sponsored by Former Provost Nancy Allison

Community Volunteer Award, sponsored by Ciba UK

Spirit of Fairtrade Award, sponsored by the Piazza shopping centre

Special Needs Award, sponsored by Scottish Power and Former Provost Ronnie and Mrs Helen Burns

The deadline for nominations is Friday 13 November. Nomination forms are available from any Renfrewshire Council building or fill in the form online at

If you have difficulty finding a form please phone Drew Gibson on 0141 840 3363 or Mairi Brown on 0141 840 3706.

The awards are open to people who live and work in Renfrewshire.