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Cambuslang BC is indeed honoured to have amongst its members Provost Russell Clearie MBE JP
 On Wednesday 23 May 2007 at the first meeting of South Lanarkshire Council since the May elections Depute Provost Russell Clearie was appointed Provost of South Lanarkshire

Provost Russell Clearie is no stranger to the role having served as Depute Provost in the last administration. A former steel worker, Russell and his wife Pam, who is also a councillor, have been involved in a wide range of community organisations and charities over the years. Provost Clearie was one of the three councillors elected on 3 May to represent Cambuslang West.

He said: "I'm absolutely delighted - and very much looking forward to the next four years. I hope to be a great ambassador for South Lanarkshire and to spend a lot of time out and about working with senior citizens, young people and the voluntary sector in particular."

   Provost Russell Clearie & his wife Councillor Pam Clearie May 2007
  They have been married for 36 yrs and have two children and one grandson.
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Provost Clearie added: "One of my priorities as a Provost will be to bridge the gap between young people and senior citizens. I think there has been a culture shift over the years and the gap between the young and old has grown. I know from intergenerational work I've been involved in through my role as South Lanarkshire's Spokesperson for Older People that you can do something about that - and when you give young and old opportunities to work together on a project, they gain so much from each other."

Russell served four years as Depute Provost and carried out a wide range of duties within the community, from visiting residents celebrating their 100th birthdays and 60th wedding anniversaries to hosting the community service awards and playing a key role in ceremonies such as Remembrance Day.
Russell was elected to South Lanarkshire in 1995 and represented the Cathkin/Springhall area up to 2007 when he then was invited to contest the Cambuslang West ward, which he successfully did.  He also chairs the South Lanarkshire Older People's Assembly as the council's Spokesperson for Older People.
Having worked in the steel industry for 42 years, he has played an active role in the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation and was its Chair for the Scottish Steel industry. He undertakes charity work for young and old and received an MBE for his services to the community from Her Majesty The Queen in 1998. 
He was awarded the Polish Golden Cross of Merit, the highest Polish civilian award, in 2010.


I was delighted that Russell attended my Opening Day on 8 Apr.2006  made all the more special as he was there in his official capacity as Depute Provost of South Lanarkshire Council proudly wearing that lovely chain of office!
 Russell Clearie
 South Lanarkshire Council


Nearly one year on, Feb.2007 President Will.McArthur, at the end of his term,
gets hearty congratulations from the then Depute Provost

Provost Clearie, his wife Councillor Pam Clearie, Lady President Ann and President Peter Phillips
at the club's Opening Day on 10th April 2010


On Monday 17 May 2010 Provost Russell Clearie was presented with the Polish Golden Cross of Merit by the Polish Consul in Glasgow City Chambers.

The Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Mr Tomasz Trafas, presented the award at a ceremony with representatives of the Polish community in Scotland.

This great honour was bestowed on behalf of the President of Poland for the Provost's service to the Polish community in Scotland for many years.


Provost Russell Clearie said: It was a great honour for me to receive the Polish Golden Cross of Merit, the highest Polish civilian award.

I was extremely proud to be informed that the President of Poland felt that my service to the Polish community for over 10 years deserved such recognition.

It was a very special moment for me, my family and all the residents of South Lanarkshire when I was presented with the medal by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland along with the other awards recipients, all of whom have done so much for the Polish community in Scotland.

 A news feature was filmed about the event:-

 Background info about the award   source from the Wikipedia Website:-

 The Cross of Merit (Polish: Krzyż Zasługi) is a Polish civil state award established on June 23, 1923, to recognize services to the state.  The Order has three grades:-

1. Gold Cross of Merit


2. Silver Cross of Merit


3. Bronze Cross of Merit


At the time of its establishment in 1923, the Cross of Merit was the highest civilian award in Poland. It was awarded to citizens who went beyond the call of duty in their work for the country and society as a whole.
Awarded for Exemplary public service or humanitarian work that goes above and beyond the call of duty

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July 2008 Provost Clearie at the
Kilbryde Hospice appeal

In 2010 Provost Clearie gave the club a donation towards a new carpet for the clubhouse


Russell received his 50 year Certificate on 6th November 2017 at Masonic Lodge Buchannan 1499
  from the PGM Lanarkshire Middle Ward Bro. Bill Perry. Congratulations


South Lanarkshire Council

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

A big thank-you to South Lanarkshire Council for their generous donation towards our Senior Citizens Christmas Party each year.                                                                       see 2006 photos



See CBC Opening day Photographs photographs

Gents member Russell Clearie MBE  




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