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PICTURES: Muir of Ord celebrates local heroes in 'village that shares' awards marking double anniversary for village hall and Muir Hub

By Hector MacKenzie

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The people of Muir of Ord came together at the weekend to celebrate the achievements of volunteers, community groups, organisations and businesses at The ‘Village That Shares’ awards ceremony.

The award winners were delighted to receive beautiful hand-engraved glass trophies in recognition of their efforts and dedication to the village over the years.

The winners include: The Old Tarradale Primary School Project Group for The Village That Shares Award; Muir of Ord Walking Group for the Transforming Lives Award; Muir of Ord Bowling Group for the Bringing Communities Together Award; Hub Café & Smokepit for the Enterprising Organisation Award; Billy and Frances MacGruer for the Community Empowerment Champion Award and Leonard Fraser from Muir Rovers for the Outstanding Volunteer Award.

It was a double celebration for the village which has established a number of go-ahead projects. It is five years since the opening of the Muir Hub in 2017 by HRH Princess Royal following the dedicated efforts and vision of a team of community volunteers, who transformed the derelict old Tarradale Primary School into the thriving community space it is today – with a bustling café, 44-seat cinema and state-of-the-art meeting space.

The dual celebration also marked the 10-year anniversary of the Village Hall, built in 1893, being taken into community ownership from the Highland Council in May 2012 by the former Muir of Ord Hall and Facilities Company, now the Muir of Ord development Trust.

Helena Macleod, community development manager of Muir of Ord Development Trust, said: “Many thanks to all who attended the event and congratulations to the volunteers, community groups and organisations who enjoyed the music, refreshments and delicious flat-bread pizzas from the Auld Smokey provided by the Storehouse.”

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