David thanked as he steps down from Initiative

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THE Langholm Initiative board of directors and staff have bid farewell to a long-serving member and former chairman.

David Yarrow, centre, receives a quaich to mark his retirement from the Langholm Initiative board from, left to right, Jason Railton, Sarah Exton, Cat Barlow, Judith Johnson, Tom Millar, Anne Murray and Margaret Pool
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David Yarrow, centre, receives a quaich to mark his retirement from the Langholm Initiative board from, left to right, Jason Railton, Sarah Exton, Cat Barlow, Judith Johnson, Tom Millar, Anne Murray and Margaret Pool

David Yarrow retired as chairman of the organisation at the AGM last October and stepped down as a director last month. The board and staff marked his departure with the presentation of a quaich.

David joined the Langholm Initiative as a director in 2009 and was appointed chairman in 2011. During his time as chairman David oversaw the Initiative’s survival through tough public sector cutbacks and periods of difficulty experienced by the third sector as a whole.

This time also produced the creation of a host of new projects for the Initiative. The Making the Most of Moorlands project came from the success of the former Moorland Education Project.

This project has engaged with thousands of people taking part in hundreds of activities and encouraged adults and children to explore the wildlife around them.

David managed the Initiative’s Building a Future for Eskdale project which supported more than 540 people with training, employability and enterprise skills in its pilot year. This project continues to support people of all ages in Eskdale.

Under David’s leadership, the Langholm Initiative developed the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project which has recently been awarded £1.3m by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This major new project will be a huge boost to both Langholm and southern Scotland.

Tom Millar, board chairman, thanked David and presented him with the quaich in recognition of his determination and hard work during difficult times and for leading the Langholm Initiative into a brighter future.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10:47AM
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