Margot Capp awarded OAM for her service to the Gresford community

HONOUR: Mrs Margot Capp OAM at her Gresford home. She has been recognised for her service to the Gresford community.
HONOUR: Mrs Margot Capp OAM at her Gresford home. She has been recognised for her service to the Gresford community.

Spending her adult life serving the Gresford community has seen Margot Capp named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

The softly spoken lady said she was "thunderstruck" to learn she was to be awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

"I did it all because I wanted to do it and this (the award) is a terrific honour," she said.

"It's nice that the local community feel I'm worth it. I hope I'm worthy of it."

The former Dungog Shire Citizen of the Year in 2014, Mrs Capp has been an integral part of the Gresford community for more than six decades.

She met her future husband Bruce Capp at the Singleton Show and they settled in Gresford at "Cawarra" where they raised their family - son Tim and daughters Jennifer (White) and Penelope (Dodd).

"I never had to work after I was married and came into a family who was district minded and I had to do something, so I got into charities," she said.

Bruce's service in World War II saw him an active member of the Gresford RSL Sub branch which at one stage saw his new bride help serve lunch for 80 on Anzac Day. While this has been scaled back to morning tea and Bruce passed away in 1996, Mrs Capp is still involved with the sub branch.

She is a Life Member of the Gresford District Agricultural Society and involved in the Ladies Auxiliary since 1953 where she served as its president from 1971-1998.

Mrs Capp has devoted many years to the former Gresford Branch of the Australian Red Cross where she was a president, secretary and treasurer and served as the Hunter zone representative for more than 10 years.

Through Telecross she also made daily phone calls to elderly for 16 years.

St Anne's Anglican Church at Gresford holds a special place in her heart where she has been a parishioner since 1955, is still a current member of the Ladies Guild and was a member of the Parochial Council from 1996-2004.

Describing herself as a biscuits and slice girl, most days Mrs Capp is in the kitchen.

She loves to bake and freeze goods for the church's cake stalls and market days.

"You've got to do something," she laughed.

When she's not baking, she's knitting.

When Mrs Capp has entered her knitted garments in the Gresford Show each year she then donates all the jumpers to The Samaritans.

Mrs Capp will receive the medal at a special ceremony at Government House later this year.