Menu
 
Home | News | Everyone a winner at awards to celebrate rural life
 
News | 12th December 2019
 

Everyone a winner at awards to celebrate rural life

 
 
 

JUDITH Johnson’s three decades of work in the community of Langholm has won her a prestigious regional award.
Judith, a project manager at the Langholm Initiative, won the Shining Light award at the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER rural awards and is congratulated here by Dame Barbara Kelly, one of the judging panel.

MORE than three decades of supporting the community has earned a Langholm woman a major award.
Judith Johnson, who manages projects at the Langholm Initiative,
received the Shining Light award at the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER rural awards ceremony at GG’s Yard near Gatehouse-of-Fleet last
Thursday.
The award was sponsored by Light Up Your Venue.
Two other finalists from Langholm attended: Hold the Front Page!, the project to take the E&L Advertiser into community ownership; and Kate Knott of the Walled Garden at
Arkleton.
Hold the Front Page! was in the rural resilience category, sponsored by Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway. It was won by Whithorn Roundhouse Iron Age ‘Grand Design’.
Kate was in the rural entrepreneurship category, sponsored by Savills, and the winner was Crafty Galloway which sells produce made in
Galloway.
Judith’s nomination read: “Judith touched down in Langholm for the first time in 1987 and has hardly stopped for breath since.
“A lifetime of supporting the community has seen a diverse range of projects and organisations benefit from her expertise, including schools, Centre Stage Youth Theatre, festivals and the business and arts sectors.
“A consummate and enthusiastic networker, Judith is the lynchpin of the Langholm Initiative and a flag bearer of LEADER in Dumfries and Galloway.”
Judith said: “I was amazed and
delighted to win this award when there are so many worthy people in the
region who do so much for their communities and beyond.
“I have been involved with Dumfries & Galloway LEADER for many years and fully appreciate the effort which goes into the many and varied
LEADER-funded projects.
“I would like to thank the LEADER staff team for their diligence and professionalism in supporting projects, together with the chairpeople and members of the Local Action Group.
“It was fantastic for Langholm to be so well represented with three finalists at the ceremony and, as was said several times during that evening,
everyone there was a winner.
More than 150 guests gathered at GG’s Yard, the rural venue of excellence, for the event, hosted by Cathy Agnew for the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Local Action Group.
The night was held to celebrate the achievements of projects funded by the 2014-2020 LEADER Programme Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
Fifteen projects were shortlisted and hosted visits from independent judges in August.
Given the significant impact of
LEADER funding in Dumfries & Galloway over the years, the two new awards, Legacy and Shining Light were introduced.
They were created to recognise the long-term success of LEADER-funded projects and acknowledge the outstanding contribution of individuals in communities.
Professor Sarah Skerratt of the SRUC delivered the keynote address on rural development.
Jo Gallant of Jo Gallant Textile Studios designed and produced the awards, which, when put together, made up one large textile masterpiece.
Other winners: Coastal and Fisheries Community: Wigtown Bay Skiff Project, sponsored by Alba; Natural Environment: Loch Ken – Passive Pod, sponsored by the Crichton Carbon Centre; Inclusive Communities: Dumfries & Galloway Sensory Project, sponsored by the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership; Legacy: Wigtown Book Festival, sponsored by Scottish Enterprise.
Peter Ross, Local Action Group chairman, acknowledged the LEADER team for their ongoing contribution to the programme and paid tribute to two longstanding members Nicola Hill, programme manager, and Simone Tyrie.
Nicola said: “The contribution these projects make to developing our rural communities often goes unrecognised.
“They are the unsung heroes but their generosity of time and spirit is what makes the difference to the places where we live.
“They are being recognised because they have proven themselves to be invaluable contributors towards change in our rural communities.
“I would particularly like to acknowledge our judges and sponsors for their support and my colleagues and the wider team involved in making this happen.”

 
 
Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
 
 
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

School transfer news

Langholm Alliance to consult on use of former primary building

 

Langholm Town Centre Building in danger of collapse

Fears that falling scaffolding and masonry may kill or injure

 

Our dream jobs

Two new managers appointed at reserve

 

Town's revival starts to come to fruition

Langholm Alliance has contributed £15,000 to boost activities

 

Engineering a future

Academy pupils awarded Industrial Cadet certificates

 

Rachel hands over the reins to Danielle

E&L Advertiser’s new community editor takes up her new post

 

Full steam ahead for ambitious enterprise

Planners give green light to the conversion of former BFA…

 

Langholm People

OutPost Arts sets portrait challenge

 

Community purchase of school on Knife-edge

THE future of Langholm’s former primary school as a vital…

 

War Memorial improvements

LANGHOLM Social Club is pleased to announce that, after much…

 

Town’s flood scheme is ready for public airing

Once COVID-19 restrictions ease, council will meet residents

 

COVID puts paid to second Common Riding

Members reluctantly cancel Langholm’s 2021 event

 

Mr Grumpy wins for Sharon

A LANGHHOLM amateur photographer has won the top prize in…

 

Langholm misses out on major investment

Town comes too low on index of need to qualify…

 

Book tells of ages past

A BOOK about Westerkirk in the year 2020/21 is ready…

 

Pauline awarded BEM

Award given to resilience team leader

 

Plan revealed for trees on two Eskdale farms

Timber processor wants to plant 450 hectares next to Claygate

 

Memories of Joe's shop

A BLAST from the past was uncovered during renovation works…

 

Murtholm site masterplan recommended for adoption

Council agreement will pave way for 200 houses if applications…

 

Promote your event on the Town Website

“What’s on” page is an effective way to publicise your…

 

Summer blockbuster

Project to show how generations faced adversity 75 years apart

 

Fragile Community faces more Turbines

NEWCASTLETON community council has responded to a proposal for a…

 

Speed Limit zone change leaves residents baffled

Council made changes to the zoning without any consultation

 

Two options under review for 2021 Common Riding

Lifting of restrictions may give members more opportunities

 

Cannabis oil company raises £2m to sell shares

Medicinal drug greenhouse production aspires to create 50 jobs

 

Major funding boost for vital parent groups

Public vote earns Langholm Playcare £12k for family support

 

Charming and popular lady

Elizabeth Calvert, By her son, Robert Calvert ELIZABETH Calvert was…

 

Mundell wins with a larger share of votes

Conservative retains Dumfriesshire seat with 4,000 majority

 

Kiosk will be used at last

THE Langholm Initiative has announced it took over ownership of…

 

Fly-tipper seen while dumping her fridge

Second item left in Eskdale in a week highlights waste…

 

Can crumbling castle be saved from collapse?

Part of Langholm’s history in danger of disappearing altogether

 

Langholm designers showcase latest collection

Rose’s Wardrobe Vintage launch their first summer collection

 

Row over hub’s role in serving its community

Validity of a questionnaire on catering for shooters is doubted

 

Residents in fear of their lives every day

Neighbours are extremely concerned about the state of the spire

 

Vote for us

Public asked to give support

 

Specially-brewed Duke's Ale a hit with HRH

A Langholm man tells of his company’s relationship with the…

 

Ranges reclassed as major developments

Council declares both applications at Eskdalemuir as invalid

 

Langholm-brewed real ale is a real hit

Borderlands Brewery’s Esk Blonde sells out in twelve hours

 

Eskdale tributes to Prince Philip

TRIBUTES have been paid to the Duke of Edinburgh by…

 

Day Centre applauded for its endless support

Staff and volunteers deliver over 10,000 meals during lockdowns

 
 
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Configure
 
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.