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Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group's Success at the Beautiful Scotland Awards

That the Parliament congratulates the Inverurie Environmental Improvement (IEI) group on its success at the Beautiful Scotland Awards 2018 at which it was presented with a Gold Medal and the Community Horticultural Award; recognises that a number of organisations and companies contribute to the work of IEI, including BAM Nuttall, Breedon Aggregates, the Pitscurry Project social enterprise, the Peer Support Group Inverurie and the Young Syrian Beginning Gardening Group, as well as the town’s community council, men’s shed and rotary club; acknowledges the positive impact that such co-operation can have on towns, and commends the IEI committee, and everyone involved with the group, on their success and wishes them well.

Supported by: Emma Harper, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, Gail Ross, Tom Arthur, Fulton MacGregor, Stewart Stevenson, Jenny Gilruth


Congratulations to Donald Russell Butchers

That the Parliament congratulates Donald Russell Butchers on receiving a number of prizes at 2018’s Great Taste Awards, collecting 10 awards in total; notes that it won three 3-star awards, the highest award, for its Easy Carve Carvery Rib Roast, Dry-aged Veal Rib and Dry-aged Veal Rump Cap, and received another seven 1-star awards for its other selections of meats; recognises that Donald Russell is a long-established, reputable butcher, holding a Royal Warrant since 1984; commends it on its success, and wishes it well.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth


Congratulations to the Turriff Show Organising Committee

That the Parliament congratulates the organising committee of the Turriff Show on the success of 2018’s event; applauds the quality of animals on show and the efforts of competition entrants; understands that there were over 300 outdoor and indoor trade stands at the show this year; acknowledges that, to celebrate the 2018 Year of Young People, the committee gave eight young business owners aged 16 to 25 exhibition stands in a dedicated marquee sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers, with support from Elevator, the Aberdeen-based business accelerator programme; recognises the importance of the show to the economy of the region and the agricultural community in the North East; commends the committee on its hard work, and wishes the Turriff Show continued success.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Stewart Stevenson, Sandra White, Edward Mountain, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Rachael Hamilton R, Tom Arthur


Aden Country Park Awarded £1.25 million by National Lottery

That the Parliament congratulates Aden Country Park on being awarded £1.25 million by the National Lottery as part of the Parks for People programme; understands that the funding will contribute to the major restoration and redevelopment of Aden’s historic buildings and landscape, improvements to park accessibility and signage, the creation of a new play area and the support of a programme to enhance biodiversity; recognises that the planned work to be undertaken at the park over the next five years will cost a total of £2.13 million; acknowledges that Aden Country Park is a 230-acre site owned and managed by Aberdeenshire Council, and wishes all involved in improving the park well.

Supported by: Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Emma Harper, Stewart Stevenson, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Alasdair Allan, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson R, Maureen Watt


Haddo and Aden Country Parks Earn Green Flag Awards

That the Parliament congratulates Haddo Country Park and Aden Country Park in Aberdeenshire on being named among the 71 parks across Scotland that have received a Green Flag Award for 2018; recognises that the accolade recognises the provision of clean, safe outdoor spaces so that everyone has access to quality green and open spaces the length and breadth of the country; believes that parks and open spaces make a tangible positive contribution to the nation’s wellbeing and its physical and mental health; commends the work of the teams at both Haddo and Aden, and wishes both parks well.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, George Adam, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Emma Harper, Bob Doris, Stewart Stevenson, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson, Maureen Watt


Turriff Relay for Life Raises £100,000 for Cancer Research UK

That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in the Turriff Relay for Life on raising £100,000 for Cancer Research UK in 2018; recognises that Relay For Life is a year-round team fundraising challenge bringing communities together to help beat cancer; understands that fundraisers held a wide range of events over an number of months, culminating in a 24-hour relay walk that took place at The Haughs in the Aberdeenshire town; commends the local organising committee, volunteers and all those involved, and wishes them and Cancer Research UK well.

Supported by: Colin Beattie, Sandra White, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Clare Haughey, Bill Kidd, Graeme Dey, Ash Denham, David Torrance, Emma Harper, Fulton MacGregor, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Stevenson, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur


The Book of Deer Project Receives Heritage Lottery Funding

That the Parliament congratulates The Book of Deer Project on receiving a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £10,000; recognises that the Book of Deer is a 10th century illuminated manuscript that contains the oldest pieces of Gaelic writing to have survived from early medieval Scotland and that, by 1000AD, it was in the possession of the Monastery of Deer at Old Deer in Aberdeenshire; understands that the funding will allow The Book of Deer Project to continue carrying out excavations to attempt to rediscover the lost Monastery of Deer; welcomes that the project has an associated schools programme involving local primary and secondary schools in its work, and wishes it every success.

Supported by: Angus MacDonald, Joan McAlpine, Sandra White, Graeme Dey, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Stuart McMillan, Clare Haughey, Bill Kidd, Ash Denham, David Torrance, Emma Harper, Fulton MacGregor, Stewart Stevenson, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur


Fyvie Primary School Named Hero of the Month by Keep Scotland Beautiful

That the Parliament congratulates Fyvie Primary School on winning Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Hero of the Month award for June 2018; understands that the school won the award as recognition of its work on the environment, particularly its focus on preventing litter for the Spring Clean and Keep Scotland Beautiful Roadside Litter Campaign's Week of Action; recognises that the award is part of the long-standing national Clean Up Scotland campaign and is the first time in two years that the recognition has been awarded in Aberdeenshire; acknowledges that Fyvie Primary School's Eco Committee made the decision to join the Week of Action to tackle roadside litter in Fyvie, spoke to the whole school at an assembly and asked all the classes to help the community by picking up litter locally; understands that pupils spread the word to people in the community about why they shouldn’t drop litter; commends staff and pupils at Fyvie Primary School on their efforts, and wishes them well.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Clare Haughey, Graeme Dey, Colin Beattie, Jenny Gilruth, Ash Denham, David Torrance, Clare Adamson, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur


JKR Contractors, a Company to Inspire Britain

That the Parliament congratulates JKR Contractors on being named in the London Stock Exchange Group report, 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2018; recognises that this annual report celebrates some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises; understands that JKR Contractors, which is a family-run business that is based near Ellon in Aberdeenshire, provides services in civil engineering and concrete works to commercial, domestic and agricultural businesses; acknowledges that it also featured in the 2017 report, and wishes it continued success.

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Clare Haughey, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Ash Denham, Colin Beattie, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur


Whyte Cranes Holding Ltd Named a Company to Inspire Britain

That the Parliament congratulates Whyte Cranes Holding Ltd on being named one of the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 companies to inspire Britain; recognises that the London Stock Exchange report is an annual celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises; understands that Whytes is a family business established in 1983, whose head office is at Tipperty near Ellon in Aberdeenshire, and which provides cargo and lifting services to a range of industries, including the energy and construction sectors; acknowledges that the company is expanding and is experienced in working not only in the north east of Scotland, but across the country, and wishes it well.

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Stewart Stevenson, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Emma Harper, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Clare Haughey, Ash Denham, Colin Beattie, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur


 
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