New Year honours for Glenrothes residents

Stuart Russell
Stuart Russell

Three of The Queen’s New Year Honours have been awarded to Glenrothes folk.

Joan Taylor, a community midwife with NHS Fife, was awarded an MBE for services in complementary therapies.

Joan Taylor

Joan Taylor

She has worked for the health authority for 41 years and spent many of them as a community midwife.

The 65-year-old has a particular interest in complementary therapies and combines her many years of experience as midwife, using reflextherapy, massage and aromatherapy to help relieve the pressure symptoms of pregnancy, ease morning sickness and reduce stress for women trying to get pregnant or those caring for a newborn baby.

She said: “I am really overwhelmed and would like to thank those who nominated me for the honour.

“I have known for a wee while and it has been such a difficult secret to keep.”

Glenrothes’ Stuart Russell is one of the youngest recipients on the honours list this year.

The 22-year-old has been given a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his voluntary services to arts in Fife.

Stuart has been volunteering since he was 16 and he now runs two community publications - ‘Arts In Fife’ and ‘Arts In Britain’ - to promote lesser known local and regional artists throughout the country.

His volunteering started with Oxfam and he has gone on to volunteer with various arts companies across the country.

Most of the work is gallery related or helping out artists with their exhibitions

Stuart told the Gazette: “I was really stunned when I first received the letter.

‘‘I was really proud that the work I was doing to promote local and regional art was being taken seriously outside of Scotland.

“It’s a huge honour and I am really passionate about what I do.

“To have national recognition for something I have worked so hard on for years is just brilliant!”

Stuart is currently researching whether his great-grandfather was presented the same honour before 1993 when it lay in abeyance until 2012.

He added: “I am so grateful for the award and very humbled.”

The third award given to a Glenrothes resident was also a British Empire Medal. It was given to Catherine Ferguson for services to charity in Fife.