A Scarborough teacher has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The award process took into consideration the out-of-hours work with school children in youth clubs and outreach groups during the whole of her teaching career and her chairmanship of The Friends of Manor Road Nurseries , which has recently been given a new lease of life, and The Friends of Falsgrave Park, which has won a large number of environmental awards and which now stages several popular events each year.
Mrs Russell has also judged food classes at many agricultural shows in her own time and run council evening classes on healthy cooking. Ex-pupils that she inspired from her Home Economics teaching are now working as chefs in France, Spain and Australia with several in the UK.
Mrs Russell said: “Thank goodness my husband made me sit down before giving me the letter asking if I would accept the award. Otherwise I might have fallen down it was such a tremendous surprise and a bit of a shock really. I understand that quite a few people supported my nomination and it is very humbling to realise that so many were willing to put pen to paper. I thank them all sincerely. But this award is not just for me. Many other people have contributed to the success of the nurseries and Falsgrave Park and have been there when help was needed with projects. This award is for them as well. And the work does not end here. I am in school next Monday as usual and we are coming into a busy time with events in Falsgrave Park, the next being our Midsummer Picnic on Saturday 21 June at 6pm in the top meadow.”
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Mrs Miriam Elizabeth Bennett. Foster Carer, Leeds. For services to Children and Families. (Bridlington)
Victor Bennett. Foster Carer Leeds. For services to Children and Families. (Bridlington)
Mrs Anne Hornigold. Chief executive, Whitby and District Fishing Industry Training School. For services to Education in the Sea Fishing Industry. (Whitby)
Ms Eliza Carthy. Musician. For services to Folk Music. (North Yorkshire)
Charles Arnold Maxsted, JP, DL. For services to Beverley Racecourse and to the community in the East Riding of Yorkshire.