Martial arts master from Northampton thought MBE letter was tax demand

Cargin Moss was featured in the New Year's Honours List
Cargin Moss was featured in the New Year's Honours List

A martial arts instructor from Northampton has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours for services to his sport, the community and charities.

Cargin Moss, aged 54 from little Billing, has been a Tae Kwon-Do instructor for 35 years, helping people of all ages to learn self defence.

He was nominated by an ex-pupil who had seen how much his academy in Freehold Street, Kingsley, had improved people’s lives.

But Mr Moss was unaware of the nomination until he had read a letter sent to him by the Government.

He said: “It was a shock. I had glanced at the heading which said something about Her majesty’s Government and I just thought, ‘It’s about my taxes’.

“I started to read it and then I saw ‘MBE’. I was quite emotional after that.”

The brief citation said Mr Moss had been selected for his work at the academy, plus community and charity work.

He later discovered that he was put forward two years ago by Dawn Whittaker, the county’s deputy chief fire officer, who was a pupil of his along with members of her family.

She had help from Mr Moss’s daughter who compiled background information to enable civil servants to make a decision.

It is thought that the ‘community’ element refers to various clubs Mr Moss set up in Northampton, although he is also an independent member of Northamptonshire’s police and crime panel.

The charity part refers to the 68 different events he has organised or participated in, raising about £150,000 through black tie balls, dragonboat races on the River Nene, 5km runs at the Racecourse as well as challenge events against police officers and firefighters.

Causes that have benefited include Cancer Research UK and The MS Society.

But for most people who know him, he is synonymous with Tae-Kwon-Do and teaching people about a good way to live their lives.

“Especially with the kids, our most important thing is teaching them confidence and making them better people; that’s my focus.

“There’s lots more outside to learn outside the realms of punching and kicking.”