Rushden golfer gets New Year’s honour

Martin Izzard
Martin Izzard

A Rushden man is just one of the many people listed in the New Year’s Honours List.

Martin Izzard has been awarded a BEM for services to golf in Northamptonshire.

Mr Izzard has given more than 30 years of service to golf in the county, and has played a major part in the setting up and maintenance of the local coaching system since 2007.

He has also been a member of the Northamptonshire Golf Union executive committee since 1987 and was the union’s president from 1996 to 1998.

He said: “I am a very proud man for golf in Northamptonshire, this reflects a massive committment not only by myself, but also from so many others from the County Golf Partnership, The Northants Golf Union, Ladies Association and Northamptonshire professionals to drive Northamptonshire golf forwards.

“You can imagine how proud I am to see so many young lads and lassies such as Ryan Evans, Charley Hull and others come through our focussed coaching structure.

“We are winning individual and team trophies so the silverware is flowing over.”

Also receiving honours are Joan Martin, a headteacher who is now the chairman of the board of governors at Northampton School for Girls, who has been made an MBE.

Mrs Martin, of Hardingstone, has been a governor at the school since 1999 and the chairman since 2002.

Another member of the teaching profession, Mike Griffiths, the headteacher at Northampton School for Boys, has been knighted in recognition of his 13 years in charge at the school.

He said: “It is a huge honour, I was dumbstruck.”

Stephen Rimmer, of Brackley, was awarded the CB for services to criminal justice and police reform; Dr Jane Doughty, of Cogenhoe, got the CBE for services to education; Andrew Basford, of Daventry, got the OBE for services to law enforcement and Carol Burdon, of East Hunsbury, was made an MBE for services to customers and the economy.

They join well-known people including the actresses Penelope Keith and Angela Lansbury in this year’s list.