Lady Captains Newsletter February.
The weather in February has not been any kinder than in January – in fact probably worse! But as the pictures of the month show – it hasn’t put off everyone. Well done girls!
12th Feb. Thanks to Richard Gregory for an excellent Rules Morning. There were a couple of centimetres of lying snow, but 29 ladies still managed to get to Abbeydale – some of them on foot! It was worth the effort as we all learned a lot. Richard had intended to go out on the course for some practical demonstrations – but that was postponed until another session when the weather improves.
Feb 14th Thank you to all the Ladies – and Gentlemen – who bought Valentines Buns to take home to a ‘special someone’ – which raised £40.
February 15th was the Alzheimer’s Awareness talk by Claire Priestwood, Regional Fundraising Officer for Alzheimer’s UK in Yorkshire & the North East. It was a very informative and sensitive talk, and afterwards we could try out virtual reality sets to experience some of the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Sunday 18th Feb was the first Drive and Dine of the year, a fun Texas Scramble. The Carvery afterwards was voted delicious by all. The beef was lovely! Thanks to the organisers Barbara and Leigh . Next one is March 25th – sign up now.
Feb 26th was the Charity Bridge Day. More snow but 76 of the 80 players booked in arrived to play. Thanks to all the staff who helped arrange furniture on Sunday and put it all back on Monday, and worked very hard to make the whole day run very smoothly. One gentleman player, who stood up to thank the organisers, said it was the best bridge lunch he had eaten! Thanks go to chefs Lee and Simon. Thanks also to Libby Ireland, Jill Harrison and Jane Morris for help on the day and of course to Mavis Sellars, without whom this totally non-bridge playing person would have been completely lost! The total raised was £735.00.
Next Month St Patrick’s Day competition is Wednesday 14th March and will be an Irish Jig – (like a waltz but 3-2-1 not 1-2-3 – it is Irish!) Sign up in 3’s on BRS from 28th. Wear green please! There will be prizes for winning team and runners up and best outfit.
The start of season AMAM will be on us in 3 weeks –March 21st - subject to snow –please sign up for the draw and afternoon tea. Then we are up and running for the season.
2nd April sign up for the Easter Monday Mixed on BRS (either from 1st or 6th ) from March 5th. Meal afterwards.
Upcoming events - the Murder Mystery on March 24th. Please get your tickets at the bar - £18.00. Prizes for the aspiring ‘’Miss Marple’’ or ‘’Sherlock Holmes’’ who can guess the culprit and motive!
Tuesday April 3rd Pro’s Shop Fashion Show 7.00pm Ladies and gentlemen’s golf clothing (with male models!) No charge – but there will be a raffle on the night. RIchard has kindly offered to donate an item. Other prizes too!
The ‘Beast from the East’ threatens to spoil the start of March with more snow, – let’s hope it soon blows over. Happy golfing. Katie
Captain's First Newsletter
January 1st seems like ages ago - but snowdrops are up and we are fast approaching the beginning of the season. I have almost recovered from the trauma of the drive in - but seriously I really enjoyed it, especially the kind words of support that I received from many of the members. There is still lots of planning to do - I am beginning to appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes, in committees, from home, to keep the club on track. I am getting guidance and encouragement from these kind people, and of course from the lady Captain.
The Alzheimer's Research UK awareness evening on the 15th February was a success, with 37 attendees listening to a presentation from the Regional Fundraising Manager (Claire Priestwood). A 1 hour talk with Q&A was given, with lots of literature left for us to read and distribute and some virtual reality devices that gave you a small experience of how dementia can affect you. Thank you to all who attended, and for kicking off the campaign with some donations.
Please also note forthcoming dates for events - 24th March for the murder / mystery night and the premier fundraising event Race Night which is the 4th of May.
Another key date is the Supper Club signing on night which is Tuesday 27th February starting at 7:00pm prompt. I look forward to seeing many challengers there!
Lady Captain’s January Newsletter
Where did January go! – A month gone already – lots of meetings – but even more rain, limiting the golf , but let’s hope the rain will come now and give us a dry golf season. I am grateful to Richard Gregory for agreeing to give us a Rules Talk on Monday 12th February 10.00am , please come along.
My first task as Lady Captain was a very pleasurable one, to pin the Lady Vice Captain’s badge on Jill Harrison and welcome her to the’ team’. I know Jill will give all she can to the coming year, and be a great Captain in 2019. I also welcomed our new Committee members, Leigh Rendall and Helen Till. I was also delighted to present Angela Lord with her Past Captain’s badge, which was very well earned after a great year in 2017.
Our joint Charity, which Martin Loxley and I announced on January 1st - ‘Alzheimer’s Research UK - The Power to Defeat Dementia’ is a very worthy charity, and some of their representatives are coming to give an ’Alzheimer’s Awareness’ talk on Thursday 15thFebruary at 7.00pm. They will give an insight of the disease, its diagnosis and current treatments and research happening now. You can try out a Programme on a Virtual Reality Headset and also Computer Games which all give information to help in research. It is free to attend, and I hope as many of you as possible can attend. Nibbles provided!
There will be some fundraising during the year – often in the form of Raffles. If anyone has a raffle prize to donate I would be very grateful to receive them.
Several new social events have been organised for the coming year. I added the list of social events to the yellow fixtures card, which will be out next Wednesday 31st January. The Burns Night Dinner was a sell out and great night, pictures attached!. My first event is the Charity Bridge Day on February 26th. Thank you to all who have sold tickets and volunteered to help on the day, and especially to Mavis Sellars, without whose help and advice, I would not have any idea how to run a Bridge Drive!
Thursday 15th March is an Easter flower arranging demonstration by Christine of Blooms, Abbey Lane, focussing on Easter decorations. Items to enhance your flowers – bunnies, chicks etc will be on sale, as well as other flower arranging paraphernalia. Cost is £2.50 which includes tea and homemade cake. There will be a raffle of the flower arrangement and other prizes. Order Lunch for afterwards to make a day of it if you like! Tickets on sale soon.
Advance notice of the Captains’ Charity ‘Murder Mystery Night’ - one like you have never attended before – including the Captains’ acting ‘skills’. A two course meal will be served between ‘Acts’. Saturday 24th March - £18.00 per ticket. More details very soon.
Tuesday 3rd April at 7pm Richard Gregory is having golf wear fashion show , with our own models .
There will be a ’Ladies Dining In Evening’ on Thursday May 3rd at 7.00pm. – a 2 Course Meal with tea/coffee and a speaker, Janet Stain, a very entertaining lady who specialises in talks on underwear through the ages, with samples! Her subject for our events is ’ Unmentionable Foundations! ‘ £15.50 ticket.
Friday May 4th is the Horse Race Night –tickets £ 12.00 with a light meal –, always a great fun night.
Here’s hoping that the 5 Clubs and a Putter Competition on February 14th will be rain free! The signup sheets for the Scratch, A and B Teams will be put up on that day, please sign up.
Kind Regards to you All
Burns Night January 27th 2018. A few photos from a fabulous evening: