A NIGHT of partying took place at the Sauchie and Coalsnaughton Parish Church Hall at the weekend, as the community group celebrated receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

The award is the highest honour for local volunteers' groups across the UK, and is awarded to groups that make an outstanding contribution to their community.

The Sauchie Community Group, now in its 27th year, was the only organisation in Clacks to receive the award this year.

To celebrate, over 100 people came together at the Parish Church Hall on Saturday, October 6, with the group's management committee lining up an ensemble of musicians for entertainment.

Some of the musicians who came along included Sheila McRobert, Donald Cowan, Craig Miller, Andrew Fowler, Michael Morrison, Phil Morrison, Calum Turner, Carenza Dickens and the Sauchie Community Group Choir.

Some special guests were also in attendance, including depute lord lieutenant John Spruce and his wife Anne, councillor Derek Stewart and Louise Orr from Clacks Third Sector Interface.

Anne Airnes, the group's president, said:“Sauchie Community Group has been at the heart of the community for almost 27 years – we strive to involve as many people as possible and to make Sauchie a great place to live.

“The Queens Award is recognition for work that our many volunteers have been doing and I would like to thank everyone who made it possible."

Keith Turner, who organised the celebrations, added: “Without doubt, this was one of the best evenings of entertainment that the Community Group has organised.

“I would like to express my thanks to all the entertainers and to all those who attended and helped make it such a memorable night."