Salut­ing our lo­cal heroes

Hon­oured for com­mu­nity ef­forts

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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.

Fiona Robert­son

John Bachtler

G Ken­neth Dun­can

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