Captain’s Newsletter – April 2017

So, the big announcements first…..

Grandchild no. 2 arrived six weeks ago – Max Thwaites made his arrival into the world in Buckingham on Tuesday 21st February weighing 5lb 11ozs – a little tiny bundle but just beautiful. Mum, Dad and Max are all doing fine. Nana is delighted and will now spend a lot of her time on the M25 and M1 between both families!

So, to sum up my year……..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SXWX6qg0y4

My Captaincy in my year of office has also been a significant highlight in my life. I value your friendship and the support of you all towards my charity Farleigh Hospice – a very local and worthy charity which many of us have personal connections with – has been just amazing. It’s been fun, it’s been hard work but it’s been so worth it! I have thoroughly enjoyed my year of office and I have endeavoured to have a game of golf with every section of the club who have all made me feel very welcome and supported all my fundraising events and activities. The charity fund has now exceeded my original £5,000 target beyond anything I could have expected or hoped for.   I’m waiting the final figures from our Treasurer as we prepare our accounts for the AGM but it’s now in the region of £9,400!

As we move into a new golfing year, a year of change is ahead of us. I am thankful for the support of the Committee for their hard work and ongoing commitment to serving their Club, and you, the members. Thanks to Lorraine Doy for her help, support and advice as Club Secretary and we wish her well in her new job. We welcome Jason Levermore, as the new club professional, and Club Secretary.   Special thanks to Mandy Gladding for all the support she’s given me behind the scenes.   241 Tuesdays won’t be the same without preparing goody bags, folding serviettes into dinner jackets and ball gowns (to which Lawrence Crossman is also an ace at doing!), making banners or planning the next fundraising event.   I wish the incoming Captain, Julie Everard, a very successful year.

I introduced some new events / activities this year.   With the hard work and support of Merryn Eves and Roy Webb the first ever Regiment Way Recipe Book made its way into your homes and relieved you of £5 – whether you wanted one or not!   They also returned a profit over expenditure of approximately £250 which was immediately added to the charity fund.

Supper evenings were revamped and became Nine and Dine.   I’ve handed over the reins for these to Julie as having been the main organiser now for over 5 years it’s time for a break.

We held a hugely successful Ladies Ascot Day Afternoon Tea with a fiercely competitive betting on the runners of the day and the Ladies all looking beautiful in their Ascot finery including hats.

Sparkler Saturday was an enjoyable nine holes followed by hot dogs, hot chocolate and sparklers just as it was getting dusk.

The highly popular Christmas hampers, previously raffled just amongst the Ladies section, were expanded upon thanks to your generosity in providing donations of Christmas goodies and resulted in six hampers being raffled at different events across the Club over the festive period raising over £500 in total.

The Valentine’s Scramble had a slight twist with Valentine’s goodies for all rather than just the traditional red roses for the Ladies – presents for the men all seemed a little inappropriate and I really didn’t want all your wives contacting me! Thanks to a late substitute, my team won – despite me not playing due to injury!   This was also the case in the annual Ladies v Men match – I think we can well and truly say the Ladies pulled it off again this year (for the third year running I hasten to add!) with the Town Crier getting the proceedings underway, the Melbourne Majorettes and more blue and pink raffle prizes and drinks and snacks than you knew existed!

Rock and Roll Bingo was our third social event of the calendar (in addition to the now almost traditional quiz night and race evening) thanks to our resident social organisers Allan and Hilary Taylor. For those of you who couldn’t make it you missed a fun evening with some big prize funds.

And then we had the end of year party – and what a night that was! Team Jill pulled out all the stops.   The Courtyard Suite looked amazing all decked out in black and gold and the tables were beautifully laid out with the dinner jacket and ball gown serviettes which only took about 3 hours earlier in the week to fold all 88 into shape! For those who haven’t seen the photos, please visit the RW Facebook page or look on Instagram.   The dance floor was packed all night so I’m assuming you all enjoyed the band – my friends – The Beaten Track – who entertained you all evening.

And just to remind those of you who were there on the evening, I’ve attached a link below as a thank you to you all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkyqRP8S93Y

The support of local businesses in providing donations of prizes for the raffle was huge, and greatly appreciated, and resulted in over £950 being raised on the evening.

There are a few 100 Club prizes which I still need to pass on to their owners. I will bring these to the AGM on Monday 10 April and if not distributed then I will leave the envelopes in the till in the range and will advise those individuals accordingly.

So in summary, I thank you all for a great year, a club record fundraising amount, and a lot of fun.

You can now all rest easy that when I walk into the club house – whilst I will always welcome a cup of tea – I will not be asking you for money!

So here’s to seeing you all out on the course as and when my knee and back are strong enough!

Kind regards and thank you for a great 2016/2017 year of office.

Jill Thwaites

Captain

Miscellaneous information:-

Club Shirts & Jumpers

See posters in the cloakrooms and range for full details of the selection of clothing, colours and sizes.

Facebook

We have a very active Facebook page with regular updates on what is happening in and around the Club.

The RWGC Group page can be found at Regiment Way GC @ Little Channels, so why not submit a ‘Friends Request’ to keep up to date with what’s happening within the Club.

MasterScoreboard

Competition results, draws, handicaps and much, much more:

Smartphone APP: http://www.masterscoreboard.co.uk/mobile/ClubIndex.php?CWID=2311

Desktop: http://www.masterscoreboard.co.uk/ClubIndex.php?CWID=2311

If you are unable to access MasterScoreBoard, or have an invalid/forgotten password then please contact the Handicap Secretary on rwgchandsec@gmail.comwho will be pleased to advise you / reset password if need be.

Contact details

If you change any of your contact details (email or phone) please let the Competition Secretary rwgc_compsec@yahoo.co.uk and Jason Levermore the Club Secretary, or Michelle Webber in the driving range, know so we can ensure that you are kept up to date with what’s happening at the Club.

For the coming year, committee meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of every month. If you have anything to ask or raise then please email Julie or Jason.   All the Committee Members contact details are in the cloakrooms and in the range.

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