Committee Meeting Minutes – January 2018

General Committee Meeting Minutes from January 2018.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me :

Peter Thomason

Captain 2017/18


Minutes of Committee meeting 25.1.18

Captain’s Speech 18/02/18

Following the presentation of the prizes for the competition held on 28 January, we moved on to a few announcements.

Sunday lunches continue through to the end of March so if you haven’t come out for lunch, please book yourself in on the list in the goldfish bowl.

The list for people wanting to book in for Mothering Sunday on 11 March,  will go up in the goldfish bowl from Monday.

Details for the St Georges day extravaganza are to be finalised but leave a space in your diary for 21st April.  You won’t want to miss it!

The knockout competitions are now open and if you want to enter, please fill in the applicable envelopes and drop them to the office.


Warren & I had a captain pro match today against Mick Lane and Nick Tuffs.  The match started in usual fashion for me, knobbling the ball off the tee, the ball coming to rest in the copse by the eighteenth fairway.  Surprisingly I managed a bogey five to halve the first which is more than can be said for our pro who managed one shot before losing his ball!!  The match continued and both Mick and Nick were on form.  After five holes we were four down!  Thankfully both Warren and I had belts on as it felt like this could become slightly embarrassing.  With some great play by Warren we managed to get the game back to only being 2 down at the halfway hut.  With a couple more birdies from Warren (making 8 for the day) we stood on the eighteenth all square.  As we stood on the 18th green Warren decided, against my better judgement, that the match should be halved and missed (he says deliberately) his birdie putt.  Thanks to Both Mick & Nick (especially for the birdie juice) for a great game.


Now to the ball draw,  The prize fund currently stands at just over £270.  The winning ticket is a white ticket, with yellow surround, number 60.  A spritely Ron Wilson approached the presentation table and selected a card.  The nine of clubs.  Ron didn’t seem too disappointed but was more concerned about his bottle of wine.  Tickets are back available from behind the bar from Monday.


Finally, you will be pleased to know that I am not here next Sunday. (Cue cheers from the members!!).  And because you are such good members, I won’t be here for the following week! (cue even more cheers).  Well, who’s going to be here I here you ask.  I am pleased to announce that the international man of mystery or The Sha…a..dow, will be stepping in for both weekends.  I don’t want you getting your hopes up so look out for any announcements during the week, just in case Robbo makes a guest appearance!!


That’s it from me, have a good week and see you in three weeks’ time.


Peter Thomason

Captain 2017/18


Sunday 18th February

Team Multiplier Stableford 

1st John Faulkner, Dru Sait, Del Clark and Richard Punyer = 116 points

2nd Richard Gunner, Mick Dunlop, Brian Emslie and Will Stevens = 114 points

3rd Neil Hatton, Andy Simpson, Adrian Ingoldby and Clive Parker = 113 points

2 Club

Neil Hatton, Clive Parker, Jason Robson, Tony Baldwin, Richard Gunner Jnr and Rob lane

Phil Hughes is running the London Marathon – Again!

I’m planning on raising a minimum of £2,000 in support of Prostate Cancer UK by competing in the London Marathon this year.

This will be my second London Marathon having ran last year. I was fortunate to raise approx. £9,000 last year for Prostate Cancer UK, I don’t expect to raise anywhere near that amount again as friends, family & work colleagues were so very kind last year and really pushed the boat out. But with the help of you all I will try to exceed the target as I did last year.

I believe this charity is hugely important and any help we can give will be very worthwhile, it will certainly be worth the pain, agony (& boredom) of all the wet, cold, dark training runs. I’m trying to exceed the training I did last year. – January I’ve completed over 130km and Feb aiming for 160km. Trust me I’ll be pleased when its over, but knowing it’s for a great cause spurs me on.

My story is that I lost my Dad to Cancer in 2009, with Prostate Cancer being the major cause. Dad was 74 when he passed away which really isn’t that old and he should have had a lot more years in him. I was not that aware of Prostate Cancer at the time, but now I’m getting that bit older and have friends who are dealing with the situation I want to do this run to try to raise as much money and awareness as I can.

10,000 men die each year of Prostate Cancer with most men unaware of the disease. Tests are unreliable and research is badly underfunded, so we need to change this urgently.

Your contribution will make a huge difference and keep me focused on training and on the day.

Thank you very much.


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Thursday 8th February

Ladies 12 hole Texas Scramble

1st A Stringer, B Cork and P Perkins 43.4

2nd C Yates, J Henderson and C Dunlop 43.9

3rd K Lloyd, S Hope and M Rowney 45.6

Sunday 11th February

Team Stableford

1st Terry McDowell, Karl Robson, Darren Rowe and Mark Platts = 87 points

2nd Pete Kelk, Gary Kelk, Alex Young and Dennis Kelly = 82 points (On Countback)

3rd Chris Mulvihill, Alan Hall, John Faulkner and John Faulkner Junior = 82 points

2 Club

Darren Rowe, Mark Platts (On 10th), Peter Kelk, Alan Hall, John Burnage, Alister McIlroy, Phil Veness, Neil Hatton and Mo Sbitri

Captain’s Speech 11/02/18

Afternoon everybody and it’s straight on with the prizes for the Daily Mail Foursomes.  After presenting prizes for places fourth to second, it’s time to announce the winners.  Before I do so, I would like to thank John Houghton for lending the jacket he wore in 1946, for his interview at Pfizer’s, to our favourite Italian, Gianni, who carries off the retro look very well.  And his partner Pete Newman.  Congratulations and good luck in the future rounds.


A few announcements;

Sunday lunches are still available until end of March so please put your names up.

There are only a few tables left for this Wednesday’s Valentines Meal at the club.  Please contact Stewart direct or add your names to the sheet in the Goldfish Bowl.

There will be a special Mothering Sunday lunch on 11 March.  All mums will receive a special gift and the list will go up this coming weekend (17/18 February).

Due to the success of Burns Night, we will be having a St Georges Day extravaganza meal on 21st April!   This will be a four course meal with traditional fare, but a different presentation in more ways than one.  Look out for the list in the Goldfish bowl.


Congratulations to the East Kent Alliance team who put in another sterling performance last week to end up leading second place team Sittingbourne by 7 points and third place team Tenterden by 10.  The next and final round is on the 8th March at Tenterden, so good luck and let’s hope we can win the trophy.  A big thanks to George who has been a real stalwart in ensuring the club participates in this competition, having been responsible for arranging this league for the club over more years than he cares to remember.


Pete Barnard (smiler) has lost his Garmin type range watch on the course.  It would appear that it was lost somewhere in the vicinity of the 15th-17th inclusive.  Pete is not quite sure exactly where, but if you find it, could you please hand it in to the pro shop.


Warren and I had a captain pro match against Gary Mewitt and Clive Parker today.  We both started reasonably well, unlike most weeks, going three up after three.  The ship then steadied before Gary introduced us to a new way of playing the sixth.  Hitting his drive into the Poplars on the right, his second shot went into the trees slightly further advanced.  His third shot then hit the trees again on its way out to the edge of the fairway.  With a great strike, Gary hit his fourth and final tree of the hole and still had 130 yards in!  We had a great match and much banter throughout the round.  In the end Warren and I were victorious winning 6 & 5 .


Now to the raffle.  The raffle total is just over £530.  I can’t give you an exact figure as a few late purchases of tickets has meant that Beth hasn’t had the chance to work figures exactly.  The ticket selected is orange rimmed 3…………..1…………..3.  With a few cheers, and some groans, from the spike bar, Richard Billings approached the presentation table.  Selecting from the middle of the pack, Richard slowly drew the card.  With a cheeky look, he’s only gone and done it!!  Congratulations to Richard who very kindly, and from what I understand from his close friends, unusually, offered to buy everyone in the bar a drink.  A very generous offer and thank you very much on behalf of all those present.


That’s it from me this week.  Have a good week and see you all again next week.


Peter Thomason

Captain 2017/18