Mary Tulloch and Joy Kinna are both well-kent faces in their local villages of Kinghorn and Aberdour, after giving decades of service.
Both women have been honoured by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours list, Mary with an MBE for services to the community in Kinghorn, and Joy a BEM for services to charity in Dunfermline.
Mary (63), of Rossness Place, has a close association with Kinghorn lifeboat station where her husband Bill was one of the first volunteer crewmen when it opened 50 years ago.
The couple served with the auxilliary Coastguard for 30 years and Mary is still station treasurer.
She is also treasurer of Kinghorn Parish Church and Kinghorn Community Centre, and was on the fundraising committee to help set up the centre 17 years ago. She is still involved in its day-to-day running.
In addition she volunteers with Kirkcaldy Foodbank at Dysart church where she helps sort and distribute food parcels for those in need, and also finds time to preside over the Kinghorn branch of the Scottish Women’s Rural Institute.
Mary said: “I am quite humbled. When the letter arrived I burst into tears. I don’t think I do any more than people should. If everyone plays their part then it makes a happy community.”
Joy was nominated for her honour by Furniture Plus, the charity on whose board she served for seven years until stepping down in September last year.
“I thought that at the age of 80 it was time I stepped down to make way for some new blood, but I still volunteer one day a week at the Dysart headquarters,” she explained.
As well as her connections with Furniture Plus, she served as a trustee of the Dunfermline Carnegie Trust for 15 years and was 25 years on Fife Children’s Panel, the last six as chairman of the advisory committee for Fife.
“When I was asked to join Furniture Plus I was happy to do so because I think it is a great charity which does tremendous work.
“I am thrilled to bits to receive this honour, as well as a bit taken aback, especially to get this at 80 years old! I feel very privileged to be a part of Furniture Plus.”