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MacDonald 60th Wedding Anniversary

On Thursday 29 July an unexpected visitor dropped by Alastair and Sheena MacDonald of Assynt Street, Evanton: Janet Bowen, Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh came to present the good wishes of Her Majesty the Queen (and a card) on the occasion of the couple’s sixtieth wedding anniversary.

Alastair, who was 95 on 12 July, has (bar war service) lived in Evanton for the whole of his life, and all of that, with the exception of five years after he got married, has all been in Assynt Street. Alastair’s memories go back to a very different Evanton from what we now know; he started work at the princely rate of £2 a week before the Second World War. But it shouldn’t be forgotten that Sheena has clocked up 60 years in Evanton as well!

Daughter Kate Ross, planned the surprise, along with her sister Alyson and bother Alastair, pictured above with their parents. Mrs Bowen said ‘I’m really delighted to be able to personally pass on the good wishes of Her Majesty, and especially so on this occasion’.

Note: If other families would like their parents diamond wedding anniversaries, or 100th birthdays marked in this way please contact June Forsyth on 01349 868500.

MacDonald 60th Wedding Anniversary

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 29/07/2010

Party Marks Guides' Milestone

A garden party celebrating 100 years of guiding was hosted by Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty.

Almost a hundred Guiders, Trefoil Guild members and ambassadors to the movement attended the event at her Strathpeffer home.

Mrs Bowen,, on behalf of Her majesty The Queen, thanked the assembled company for their dedicated work over many years in the leadership of the Guides in Ross-Shire, and noted that a lot of the load fell on supportive husbands and families, without whom the movement would not be able to achieve half as much.

Mrs Bowen said, "This was a party where I sent out the invitation and the Guiders with their normal can-do attitude not only provided the tents and put them up, but also did all the baking as well, and then tidied up afterwards! It was a great example of self help with a bit of assistance from the Army Cadet Corps, who were brilliant as well."

Some of those attending had been with the movement for over 60 years.

"It's just so good to be able to thank those who run the extra miles in our communities, some of them over long periods" said Mrs Bowen. "There's too many unsung heroes and heroines in Ross and Cromarty and Skye and Lochalsh and I want to help us all recognise and thank them".

The Guide movement started 100 years ago in 1909 when some girls asked Sir Robert Baden Powell at the Boy Scouts Rally at Crystal Palace for "something for the girls".

Since then the Guide movement has grown to a worldwide membership of 10 million, with 500,000 in the UK.

Party Marks Guides' Milestone

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 25/06/2010

Tribute for Special Cadet

A presentation will be made next week to the Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet for the coming year.

Lord Lieutenant for Ross, Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Janet Bowen, will present the framed parchment to Cadet Flight Sergeant Scott Bannerman from Newmore. It will take place on Tuesday 8 June at the 379 (County of Ross) squadron of the Air Cadets in Alness.

The appointment is held for one year and the selected candidate will attend the Lord-Lieutenant in the course of official duties. Flt Lt Andy Dobson RAFVR(T), Squadron Commanding Officer, said "It is a great honour for any cadet to be awarded this prestigious award and for this honour will be the pinnacle of their cadet experience."

The Lord-Lieutenant will also present the certificate of appointment to Cadet Warrant Officer Alexander MacDonald from Barbaraville, who was recently confirmed as a Cadet Warrant Officer - the highest rank achieved within the Air Cadet organisation.

Tribute for Special Cadet

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 04/06/2010

Helping Heroes

Sir - I have been asked by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Sir Jock Stirrup, to help put Armed Forces Day even more on the map.

He writes, "The defence of this country, its people and their interests is fundamental to our wellbeing and prosperity. So those who assume the responsibility for delivering it take on a vital and sometimes daunting challenge. The men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present, have consistently risen to that challenge in magnificent fashion, no matter what difficulties they face. Regulars, Reservists and indeed their families, who bear so much on our behalf, have more than earned the nation's gratitude." Last year the day was marked by march pasts and parades in Dingwall and Tain. This year we are being asked for a wider range of community led activities to recognise our sailors, soldiers and airmen.

So, I have two requests: Firstly, could any member or ex-member of the Armed Forces, especially younger ones, not definitely already known to the British Legion please make themselves known to me via June Forsyth, Council Offices, High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9QN, email: ku.vog.dnalhgih|htysrof.enuj#ku.vog.dnalhgih|htysrof.enuj or phone 01349 868 5002. Your contact details will not be passed on to other parties without your specific permission. What we would like to ask you to do is to attend Armed Forces Day, ideally to march past and parade, and, if you have not already received one, to agree to presentation of the Veterans Badge at some suitable time.

Secondly, could any ex serviceman or indeed any member of a community anywhere in Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, who is prepared to run an event to recognise Armed Forces Day please contact me, once again via June Forsyth.

I fully appreciate that not everyone can muster a parade, but surely anyone, perhaps through their Community Council, can stop to raise the Armed Forces Day flag (we will provide one), and perhaps raise a glass too, and so mark our debt of gratitude. Private ceremonies with say ten or more are quite in order.

The more people who mark Armed Forces Day the better.

Finally, the Armed Forces Day flag will be raised at a short ceremony outside the Council Offices Dingwall at 10.30am on Monday, June 21, there will be a parade and march past in Dingwall on Saturday, June 26 hosted by the British Legion (further details will be announced) and a Help the Heroes March Past and Parade in Tain on Saturday, June 19 (once again further details are available).

Janet Bowen, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 21/05/2010

Armed Forces Tribute Day 2010

An invitation has gone out to the younger generation of current and former members of the Armed Forces to take part in celebrations in Ross-shire, marking their service to the country.

Armed Forces Day will be recognised in Dingwall with a raising of a flag on Monday June 21, and a parade and march past on Saturday June 26.

A Help the Heroes March Past and Parade will be held in Tain on Saturday June 19.

Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Janet Bowen, is appealing for current or recent ex-members of the Armed Forces to attend the local celebrations and take part in the march past and parade. They could also be presented with a Veterans Badge.

Anyone willing to take part in the events or to organise a similar celebration in their area is asked to contact Mrs Bowen via June Forsyth, Council Offices, High Street, Dingwall IV15 9QN. email: ku.vog.dnalhgih|htysrof.enuj#ku.vog.dnalhgih|htysrof.enuj, phone 01349 868500 or via the contact form (see contact link in the left menu).

Armed Forces Tribute Day 2010

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 21/05/2010

Award for Cadet Casey

A Dingwall teenager has been appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant's cadet for Ross-Shire.

Cadet Company Sergeant Major Casey MacKenzie (18) was presented with her certificate by Lord Lieutenant Janet Bowen at the end of gruelling exercise at Fort George.

Casey has been an army cadet for the last 6 years and during that time she has completed her Four Star Certificate and will complete her Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award in July.

She has also represented the Army Cadet Force in Scotland at Tug 'o War and her Battalion at football. Casey is a qualified instructor and teaches cadets at Dingwall Platoon in a wide range of subjects.

She is currently helping in a nursing home but hopes to follow a career in the police.

Award for Cadet Casey

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 21/05/2010

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