Home gets new name as hon­our for Wil­liam

Abbey­field pi­o­neer is re­warded for 40 years of ser­vice to the char­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

A self­less Burn­side grand­fa­ther who de­voted 40 years to the Abbey­field So­ci­ety has had a build­ing named in his hon­our.

Wil­liam Wil­son, who re­tired as chair­man of the Abbey­field ex­tra care home ear­lier this year, was on the orig­i­nal steer­ing com­mit­tee that founded Abbey­field four decades ago with the vi­sion of car­ing for lonely, el­derly peo­ple.

He ex­plained that the Abbey­field So­ci­ety was es­tab­lished in 1956 by a ma­jor in the Cold­stream Gru­ards who re­turned home to Lon­don from In­dia and set up the first house with four res­i­dents when he re­alised the plight of lonely el­derly peo­ple in the city.

Wil­liam, who be­came Ruther­glen chair­man in 1983, ex­plained that the lo­cal so­ci­ety be­gan as a sin­gle East Park man­sion house with nine res­i­dents and a house­keeper.

He added: “Three years later we felt there was a need for more hous­ing and man­aged to build two other houses on the site: Tem­ple­ton House and McMil­lan House.

“In 1988 we re­alised there was a need for more care than shel­tered hous­ing and de­cided to open an ex­tra care house, of­fer­ing res­i­den­tial and nurs­ing care. With the pass­ing of the years and peo­ple’s needs chang­ing, it be­came the greater re­quire­ment.”

It is that same Abbey­field ex­tra care home that has now been named Wil­son House.

Say­ing he felt “highly hon­oured” to be recog­nised in this way, Wil­liam said he car­ried on through­out the years with a com­mit­ment to main­tain­ing high stan­dards.

With those val­ues and the hard work of man­ager Jean McGre­gor, the of­fi­cer in charge and all of the staff, he said he is proud of Ab­bery­field’s rep­u­ta­tion.

“It has a very good name and we never have any va­can­cies,” he said.

The 77-year-old has al­ways been ex­tremely ac­tive in the Ruther­glen com­mu­nity and was twice pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club, as well as the found­ing cap­tain of Stonelaw Church Boys’ Brigade.

Care home man­ager Jean McGre­gor held a cel­e­bra­tory tea last week for Wil­liam, who said he was “over­whelmed” that the build­ing has now been named after him.

“He has made a mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion and is held in the high­est es­teem by all of us,” said Jean.

“He is very pop­u­lar among the res­i­dents and staff and we all wish him well in his re­tire­ment. We were very sad to see him step­ping down.”

Wil­liam, whose wife Sheila died in April, will now en­joy spend­ing time with his three grand­chil­dren and tak­ing his pet Westie for walks.

He is held in the high­est es­teem by all of us

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Safe as houses Wil­liam Wil­son (front) with Char­lene Gille­spie, Yvonne McDon­ald, Wil­liam Les­lie, Mary Burns, Ni­cola McTag­gart, Jim Ben­nett and Jean McGre­gor

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