The Lord-Lieutenant, Johnny Stewart, was delighted to be able, at last, to make the presentation of the British Empire Medal to David Sharp of Menstrie at a small ceremony this afternoon
David is Chair of the Community Council and has been promoting the village through that role for a number of years, including litter picks and the development of the community woodland garden. During the Covid restrictions, he has organised grant funding and donations to provide for food parcels for the elderly, vulnerable and shielding residents in the village. Over 140 parcels were delivered each week through a healthy cohort of volunteers.
Widely respected in the village, he was also pivotal in ensuring that the VE75 commemoration went ahead in a very locally delivered way including almost 400 VE medals and goody bags for the local primary school children, a "lockdown" bag for secondary pupils and a VE afternoon tea for the older residents of Menstrie.
The photograph shows David receiving his BEM from the Lord-Lieutenant and also with family after the ceremony at Arndean.