Janis Thomson


HI RES Janis Thomson, Bradley Walsh, Chris Tancock Pall Ex

Approximately 15 years ago, Janis gave a presentation to the Church Session encouraging them not to build a new church hall but to create a community hall that could be available as a local facility. The Church itself was converted to create such a meeting place, Janis raised over £100,000 and is widely attributed with creating this community facility in Kinloss village.

Kinloss is a rural village of approximately 2,000 residents, with nowhere for people to meet and very few activities for young and old alike. The village is now vibrant and the activities are well-attended ranging from dancing, brownies, Zumba, photograph club, and Knit and Natter coffee mornings. Although Janis’ son has diabetes this did not stop her from caring for others. For the past 11 years each summer Janis opens up her home for overseas young people and also supports the Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme.

Most of Janis’ work benefits the local community, including the setting up the Forres Footpaths Trust, and Dava Way Association which now provides routes for all abilities (including disabled) for walkers, cyclists and horse riders which benefits both local residents and tourists.

Nominated by: Julie Letherby