Saluting our local heroes
Honoured for community efforts
A host of community heroes f rom Rutherglen and Cambuslang have been recognised at the annual South Lanarkshire Council Community Awards.
Thirteen volunteers from the area were honoured for their achievements on the night.
Retired teacher Isabel Banks has been involved as a volunteer in local communities for most of her life and is possibly best known for her work with LEAP.
G Kenneth Duncan has served as captain of 217 Gilbertfield BB since September 1987 and has been a church elder over many years.
Andrew Moffat Carruthers worked with the old Cambuslang Carers between 1995 to 2011. He is currently working as a committee member at the Heart and Stroke Club. Andy lost his wife, Betty, many years ago and has raised his son, Alan, who has special needs, for over 30 years.
Elaine Couplan is an active committee member of Friends of Cambuslang Park, covering the minute secretary and other tasks. She is also the events organiser and has helped the group receive two Green Flag Awards in nine years.
Fiona Robertson has taken on a number of roles in the Girls’ Brigade in Rutherglen and Cambuslang and was recently elected to the executive of Girls’ Brigade Scotland.
William Hay has given his time to a number of groups over the years, including Handy Folk, LEAP’s Hands on Project and Clutha Discovers Group Community Learning. Over the years he has passed on skills to young and old alike.
Barry Cathie has volunteered for almost every community group in Rutherglen South and is known as a committed activist. He is also a member of Rutherglen Community Council.
Elizabeth Coyle is active in the church and runs a pensioners club in Spittal. She also helps out local groups and has run a number of classes and events in the past.
Elaine Devlin is a leading champion of Overtoun Park having set up the popular Friends group there. She also volunteers at Stonelaw Church and is a strong advocate of fairtrade.
Daniel Smith has been volunteering with Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust since November 2012 when he became a founding group member of the handy folk. He is also part of the local heritage group where he received a Duke of Edinburgh Award for over 50s.
Eleanor Young volunteers with a number of groups, including Healthy n Happy, Camglen Radio, the Chest, Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Whiteflats Residents’ Association. She is also a member of the Rutherglen Rock and Pop Choir.
Moira Smith worked for Rutherglen and Cambuslang Housing Association for over 20 years. Since 2007 she has been a panel member of South Lanarkshire Council’s social work review board. Since her husband’s death in 2013, she has been actively involved with community groups in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
John Batchler is Treasurer of Cambuslang Community Council and has taken the lead in developing and improving cycling facilities in Cambuslang. He has also led on developing a Cambuslang community plan.
G Kenneth Duncan