Evening Times Community Champions Awards – Bob Alston

Senior Award winner Robert Alston with Graham Shields. Photo by Mark F Gibson / Gibson Digital

Evening Times Community Champion Finalist, Senior Award:  Bob Alston 

I am delighted to report that our Co-Chair of Woodside Community Council (WCC), Robert (Bob) Alston was awarded the Evening Times Community Champions North West, Senior Award category.

You may have seen an article, Born to be Wild in our Postcards to the Community booklet?

Bob was, and continues to be, pivotal in creating a local wild flower meadow situated where New City Road and Garscube Road converge at the roundabout, bordered by Abercorn School and the M8 motorway. This meadow did not happen overnight and through Bob’s persistence, dedication and care this part of the local area has been transformed for the delight of all our local residents.

This endeavour is a just one example of the community work undertaken by Bob, who is a regular attendee representing WCC at Area Partnership meetings, in addition to being a member of a local resident’s committee, part of the progressive endeavours of Queens Cross HA, and volunteers as a lock keeper with Scottish Canals, helping barges progress smoothly through our local waters.

A one-man community engagement powerhouse, in his  ‘spare time’ he has established  Eiger Music as a registered charity, open to everyone who has a passion for music and wants to learn more. Eiger Music are a regular contributor to WCC’s events and recently brought the house down at Woodside Library ending a very successful day on a musical high note.

Had the Evening Times Community Champions award been open to the public for votes, I would be first in line, as would many other local residents who know Bob and have witnessed how hard he works for the community.

Bob has proven, by his actions, to be a committed, dedicated and selfless community contributor and I for one can whole-heartedly endorse Bob as someone who has always supported not only the WCC and in particular, myself, within my role as Chair.   I can wholeheartedly state there is no better example of genuine community engagement than than Bob Alston.

Jacqueline McKie


Woodside Community Council

To see the Evening Times article click on this link: Evening Times Bob Alston