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Honours for Church of Scotland Members

Thursday January 7

At least six members of the Church of Scotland were recognised in the New Year Honours List published on January 1.

Richard Hadden (pictured) was awarded the British Empire Medal for his service to St Michael’s Church, Musselburgh, where he has been Beadle for 48 years. Ruth Halley, the church’s interim moderator, said: "I am delighted that the faithful service and good work of Mr Hadden has been recognised in this way. As Church Officer, he has played a key role for nearly half a century in ensuring that the church is open and welcoming to the community of Musselburgh, not just on Sundays but throughout the week. He continues to be a blessing to us all."

Professor Nancy Loucks Kenny, an elder at Greyfriars Parish Church in Lanark, was appointed OBE. Nancy is Chief Executive of the charity Families Outside, which offers support and information to families affected by imprisonment. She was honoured for services to education and human rights.

Army Chaplain the Rev James Francis was appointed MBE in recognition of service in Afghanistan.

The Rev Prof Kenneth Ross, chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership and former Secretary of the Church of Scotland World Mission Council, was awarded an OBE for his contribution to Scottish-Malawian relations.

Church Elder Margaret Anderson Green was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) ‘For services to the community in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire particularly through Bourtie Rural Women's Institute’.

And another Elder, Elizabeth (Betty) Walker of Anderston Kelvingrove Church in Glasgow, was also awarded the BEM after nearly two decades of voluntary work with Childline Scotland.

More information on the Church of Scotland website.



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