A WOMAN from Glusburn was among seven residents in the North Yorkshire Lieutenancy area presented with British Empire Medals for outstanding services to their communities.

Gill Birks attended a ceremony at Camp Hill, Bedale, where medals were presented by the Lord-Lieutenant, Johanna Ropner, supported by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Peter Scrope.

The British Empire Medal recognises those who display a sustained and notable contribution to their local neighbourhoods.

Lord-Lieutenant Ropner said: “I am delighted to be able to present these awards to such deserving individuals. Through their generosity of spirit, they have all made real differences within their communities.”

Mrs Birks was a councillor for about 20 years and also served as chairman on Glusburn & Cross Hills Parish Council.

She chaired the trustees of the village hall, Glusburn Institute, successfully helping to rejuvenate the facility.

She helped revive a luncheon club at Glusburn Institute, which continues today, and was chairman of South Craven over 50s Forum for about 15 years.

Mrs Birks has been a member of the Parish Planning Team, initiated a grant funded project in 2015 to establish the needs of elderly and disabled people in the community, then set up activities to meet those needs.

And since 2003, she has been chairman of Glusburn Community and Arts Centre.