Dunbar volunteers honoured

DUNBAR: Abby Farrell recipient of the Bowe Cup (left) & Barbara Leslie recipient of the community council award for services to Guides and Brownies with Stephen Bunyan
DUNBAR: Abby Farrell recipient of the Bowe Cup (left) & Barbara Leslie recipient of the community council award for services to Guides and Brownies with Stephen Bunyan

A RECEPTION in the newly-refurbished Council Chambers in the Town House, Dunbar, last week honoured the volunteering efforts of Abby Farrell and Barbara Leslie’s lifetime of work with the Guides and Brownies.

Both women were pressented with annual accolades by Dunbar Community Council.

Abby (21), received the Bowe Cup, given to a young person for achievement – her third this month as she also received a Saltire Award and Summit Award for her “outstanding” volunteering at Dunbar Day Centre.

Barbara (56), an auxiliary at Dunbar Grammar School who has been involved with the 1st Dunbar Brownies for 23 years, received the Community Council Award for her service to the community.

The award ceremony took place last Monday, during which last year’s winners – lifeboat coxswain Gary Fairbairn and young rugby player Robbie Wilson – and the Bowe Cup recipient from 2009, Michael Warne, were presented with commemorative shields.

Since Abby moved to Dunbar from Liverpool four years ago, she has launched herself into volunteering for several local organisations.

“She has spent more than two years at Dunbar Day Centre, helping with teas, coffees and lunches or just chatting to the pensioners.

Abby, who is studying care at Edinburgh’s Telford College, said: “I just love volunteering at the day centre and I love the people – I really get on with them.”

She is also involved with the Saturday Group for young people with learning disabilities which meets in Musselburgh, and helps out with Dunbar Youth Club.

Asked how she felt about receiving the Bowe Cup, Abby, who lives in the High Street, replied: “I can’t believe it and am so happy. It feels so good to get the award.

“I have always cared about people, and when I was young, used to go to the shops for elderly people.”

Alison Lange, manager at Dunbar Day Centre, said: “Abby’s cheerful and outgoing personality made her popular with all of the service users.

“She is always willing to contribute her ideas to the organisation of more complex social events in the centre and can also be relied on to help out wherever she is needed on these occasions. Abby has consistently demonstrated high standards of commitment and reliability, and is a valued member of the team.”

Barbara of Ashfield Gardens started her long association with the Guides and Brownies as a Ranger Guide when she was at school in Dunbar.

She was involved with the 1st Dunbar Guides and left to have her children, but resumed service with the 1st Dunbar Brownies when her daughter Patricia was five.

Barbara said: “It is so nice to be honoured like this for what I do.”