By Geoff Garnett
DENTON Golf Club’s honorary secretary Sandra Marston has been awarded with an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for her services to the community in Tameside.
Sandra said: “This is a lovely thing because when I think of all the people I’ve worked with, they’ve helped me along the way.
“It was difficult to keep it quiet because I knew how delighted people would be.
“My husband Bill and I couldn’t even tell our sons so it was difficult as I knew that they would be thrilled.”
As well as her many roles in the community Sandra is also a JP, a former netball international and referee. At Denton she has served in many capacities since she joined the club 15 years ago. She was lady captain in 2010 and she has been the competitions secretary and handicap secretary in the ladies section and was the first lady in the club to serve on the management committee where as well as being the honorary secretary, she has also worked as the marketing director and the Golfmark co-ordinator.
Sandra, who is looking forward to a pain-free 2016 season after undergoing a hip replacement last year, said: “Denton is a very progressive club and is in good shape with excellent development in all areas and we are a very forward-thinking club in terms of equality.
“Our junior section has a great reputation for the talent it has produced for many years and we are very active into the ‘Get into Golf’ scheme concentrating on ladies and girls.”
Sandra has been a lifelong member of St Hilda’s Church in Audenshaw where she and Bill set up the church’s first scouts group.
The 24-handicapper was appointed as the district commissioner for scouts in 1985, the first female to hold the position, which she did for 15 years – making her the longest serving district commissioner in Denton. She was appointed as a JP in 1990 and in addition to a number of other voluntary community sections Sandra is also chair of Tameside South Scout District and Tameside Netball Club.
Denton Golf Club chairman Jack Meredith said: “Everyone at the club is delighted with the award which is so well deserved by Sandra.”