SEVEN Borderers have been named in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

Former Convener of Scottish Borders Council, Graham Garvie, from Peebles, will be awarded with an OBE for his services to Local Government and to the community in the Borders.

Graham told us: "I am delighted to receive such a prestigious award from Her Majesty the Queen. Whilst it is a personal honour to me, I also regard as a well deserved recognition of council colleagues, past and present, and the outstanding work which they carry out discreetly and without fuss, in serving the people of the Borders in so many ways."

The co-founder of Jupiter Ecology Fund, Teresa Tennant, from Innerleithen, will also be bestowed with an OBE for her services to Sustainable Investment.

The Tweeddale pair join Raymond Entwistle, from Lauder, who will also be given an OBE for his services to voluntary and charitable services to the arts.

The remaining four individuals from the Borders will be awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

A fundraiser for Children's Hospices across Scotland, Isabella Halliday, from Hawick, will be recognised for her services to charity.

The 75-year-old began fundraising for Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) when she took over from her sister. She continues to help CHAS in supporting sick children in Scotland and she has raised in the region of £80,000.

A Duns badminton and tennis coach, Peter Hardie, will be given an award for his services to sport and young people.

The 70-year-old has provided national level coaching, working unpaid to promote tennis and badminton for over 40 years and continues to inspire and guide the next generation of young athletes in Duns and the surrounding area. 

An 82-year-old from Coldstream will also receive an BEM for services to the community.

John (Jock) Law's passion for sports has helped out with the local branch of the Boys' Brigade, acting as their PT instructor.

Having played for Coldstream Football Club, he then helped out as a trainer before being asked to become chair for several years.

He also acted as Chair of the Presenting Coldstream Civic Week Committee.

In 1999, he was elected as a Councillor for Coldstream and then re-elected in 2003. 

In 2001, Coldstream suffered a severe snowstorm which left the whole town blocked in and without electricity.

He was immediately concerned for the safety and welfare of elderly and vulnerable people. 

Despite great logistical difficulties, he managed to organise a large number of portable gas heaters and proceeded to distribute these himself.

One of his most significant achievements was converting St Cuthbert's Church into the community centre, leading the way until the Centre was opened in 2008.

Finally, Sandra Plasting from Kelso, manager and matron at Queen's House Nursing and Residential Home, will be given a BEM for her services to older people and the community.