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Groam House Museum activists hail loyalty and commitment of volunteer at a fond farewell


By Hector MacKenzie

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Carola Martin Smith, volunteers coordinator for Groam House Museum, presenting the hanging to Su Wompra.
Carola Martin Smith, volunteers coordinator for Groam House Museum, presenting the hanging to Su Wompra.

Volunteers and friends from Groam House Museum met for a picnic to say farewell to long-standing volunteer and colleague, Su Wompra.

Su and her husband David, from Culbokie, are moving to be nearer the rest of her family on the Isle of Wight.

Su joined Groam House Museum as a volunteer in 2004 and took over the role of volunteers coordinator in 2007 before joining the Board of Trustees, always contributing her well-considered views and suggestions. More recently she has contributed significantly to work on the collections behind the scene.

Groam House director, Alastair Morton, said: “Su has shown so much loyalty and commitment to the museum – the most stalwart supporter that could be wished for. She has enlivened countless session in the office with her inimitable comments on a wide range of topics, both relevant and irreverent.

"She has anecdotes about more places and more obscure curiosities than it’s possible to imagine! It’s alleged that we are all unique. I can safely say that based on the privilege of knowing Su for 13 years, some of us are more unique than others. Su will be very sorely missed from our ranks, but she will leave many legacies in the form of fond memories e.g. of the most characterful woolly hats ever seen and legendary washing-up capabilities. We all say huge and heartfelt thankyous, farewells and haste ye backs. “

At the picnic, held on the grass beside the beach café in Rosemarkie, Su was presented with a beautiful wall hanging representing the Rosemarkie stone, commissioned from Ruth Black at Anna Macneil’s in Inchmore.

Groam House Museum is at present closed due to Covid-19 but hopes to re-open in mid-August.

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