Com­mu­nity stal­wart Jimmy is hon­oured

Kirk el­der pre­sented with Bri­tish Em­pire Medal

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Ste­fanie Mc­court

A Stone­house vol­un­teer has been pre­sented with a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal af­ter ded­i­cat­ing more than 60 years of his life to the com­mu­nity.

Jimmy An­der­son (88) was recog­nised in this year’s Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours list, and re­ceived his medal at St Ninian’s Church at the week­end.

A spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion was held for the se­nior kirk el­der on Sun­day (Novem­ber 5), led by Vice Lord Lieu­tenant of La­nark­shire, John Brown.

Jimmy re­ceived the hon­our in recog­ni­tion of a life­time of ser­vice to the Boys’ Brigade and the com­mu­nity of Stone­house.

Born and brought up in the east end of Glas­gow, Jimmy moved to the vil­lage in 1954 af­ter mar­ry­ing lo­cal girl May Thom­son.

Jimmy, of Mclean Gar­dens, vol­un­teered as an of­fi­cer in the then re­cently-formed Boys’ Brigade com­pany, and went on to hold the post of cap­tain for 60 years.

In 1999 he was one of the first re­cip­i­ents of the South La­nark­shire Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award, made in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing ser­vice to the com­mu­nity of Stone­house and district.

And in 2008, to mark his long and dis­tin­guished ser­vice to the Boys’ Brigade, he was ap­pointed an Honorary Vice-pres­i­dent of the Hamil­ton Bat­tal­ion.

He is also a loyal and ded­i­cated mem­ber of St Ninian’s Church, be­ing or­dained as an el­der in his early twen­ties.

In his later years, Jimmy be­came in­volved in the Stone­house Se­nior Cit­i­zens Group where he was elected pres­i­dent and chair­per­son. He held the po­si­tion for over 20 years and has only re­cently re­tired from the role. He has since been elected Honorary Pres­i­dent.

In his 50s, Jimmy de­cided to take up run­ning, and in the 25 years which fol­lowed he par­tic­i­pated in many marathons, half-marathons and sim­i­lar races in which he raised funds for lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties.

His en­thu­si­asm was in­fec­tious and in her later years his wife, May, de­cided to join him in his long-dis­tance char­ity run­ning.

Sadly May passed away sev­eral years ago and has not lived to see Jimmy hon­oured for his work in the com­mu­nity.

Jimmy was em­ployed lo­cally for nearly all his work­ing life, ini­tially with a lo­cal build­ing firm and then as a mo­bile ice cream ven­dor.

Speak­ing of Jimmy dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, Vice Lord Lieu­tenant John Brown, said: “This is the first time that I have had the priv­i­lege of mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion in front of a church con­gre­ga­tion.

“It is a very spe­cial venue and most apt con­sid­er­ing Jimmy’s long and out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the life of the church.”

Praise Jimmy with Deputy Lieu­tenant for La­nark­shire, John Brown

Cel­e­bra­tion Fam­ily and friends joined the spe­cial day

Proud Jimmy was de­lighted to re­ceive his medal

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