Captains Blog 2nd January 2018

Hello everyone and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all,

Doesn’t time fly, another year gone and another month into the Captaincy.
Carol and I trust you’ve had an enjoyable Christmas and, for all those party animals, have recovered from your New Year celebrations.

Since my last blog the club has seen a lot of social activity, what with the Ladies Christmas meal, various swindle dinners, Senior’s dinner & dance, our first Christmas Carol event, the New Year’s Eve party and much more besides.

Carol and I along with Dawn and John would particularly like to extend our thanks to Tony Gardner and the seniors for their kind invitation. We enjoyed the meal, company and entertainment you provided for us.

At the senior’s dinner & dance I was fortunate enough to meet Ron Rowe and his wife Mary. A few days later it was saddening to hear of his passing. Ron was a long standing and popular member of Sidcup until his move to Ashford. Our thoughts are with his family.

This year witnessed Sidcup’s first Christmas carol with meal event. As ever with anything new there’s always a bit of apprehension though based on the feedback I’ve received I believe it was a success. I would like to thank the choir singers from The Parish Church of Holy Trinity and particularly Penny Brayshaw for all her hard work.

As ever Sidcup saw the New Year in with a party. In keeping with this year’s theme I hope the fun people had will be something replicated throughout the whole of 2018 and beyond.

This year Carol and I placed a joint Captain’s charity Christmas card in the foyer for people to sign and make a charitable donation. Carol and I are delighted to announce that the generosity of Sidcup’s member’s has raised £165. This will be split equally between our chosen charities. THANK YOU!

Our next social event is the Burns night supper. Burns night is a celebration of the life and poetry of Scots poet Robert (Rabbie) Burns. For those unfamiliar with the evening it is steeped in tradition and great fun. See some of Sidcup’s finest pipe in the haggis with the Dagenham girl pipers, recite (in their best Scottish accents) the address to the Haggis and enjoy a five course meal the centre point of which (I’m reliably informed – by chef Paul) is a superior cut of Scottish rib beef (or salmon alternative). Details & sign-up sheet in foyer.

The Ladies and Men’s Christmas Hampers prizes were presented at the Christmas Carol and meal event. Carol and I would like to thank Karen Foster for the much admired and superbly prepared hampers.

The lucky recipients were:

Ladies winner Judith Houghton.
Men’s Division 1: winner Paul Clemens, second Chris Foster.
Men’s Division 2: winner Steve Monaghan, second Trevor Skinner with a consolation prize to Tony Orme who came third on countback.

Also congratulations to the Men’s and Ladies winners of the Christmas Holiday competitions.

9 Hole Winners: Men’s joint winners Lloyd Kirby and Martin Lewis
Leading lady Ali O’Neill

18 Hole Winners: Men’s joint winners Joe Evans and Lloyd Kirby, third Michael Smith, Leading lady Ali O’Neill.

Staying on the golfing theme, one of the surprises for me so far has been the number of different people from across the club who’ve approached me about the men’s teams. All have very passionately extolled the virtues of their ideas on what should be done to help bring competitive success to the men’s teams. On the one hand this is difficult since there are a lot of different ideas, many of which conflict, but overall is a huge positive since it shows there is a great desire within the club to be successful. I’ve given considerable thought as to what to do this year and in conclusion I’ve decided to keep things largely unchanged as regards team captains and will be working with them in the New Year on how to build a greater sense of ‘team Sidcup’ and commitment from members to enable us to field the strongest possible teams. More on the latter over the next couple of months. The list of team captains is up on the men’s notice board. Good luck to all the teams!

Just a quick reminder that eligible seniors are welcome to join the seniors roll-up every Tuesday. The competition is open all day, sign-in via the psi terminal. Costs just £1 to enter.

Finally I am repeating the membership prize draw that took place a couple of years back. Tickets are now on sale at the cost of £10 each or 6 for £50. There’s one prize – full membership to Sidcup Golf Club for a year including extras (bar card, locker etc.). The draw will be made on 21st April during the Medieval Banquet.

Good luck in the prize draw and here’s to a peaceful, prosperous and Happy New Year.

Captain, Sidcup Golf Club

Captains Blog - Chris Hill

Blog One - 06/12/17

Hello Everyone,

One month in to the captaincy and I thought it time I let you know what’s on my mind. This is something I’ll do periodically throughout the year to help keep you informed.

It’s been a busy time starting with the drive in. I know I speak for Carol as well when I say that we had a great day. Thank you for all the good wishes, those able to attend on the day and all those people who helped make it the day that it was. A special thank you to Carol for being such a good sport and entering into the idiocy of it all and of course my wife Dawn for her immense support.

My first event was the Roast & Boiled, an Only Fools and Horses comedy dinner. This was a change to the usual format and based on the feedback I’ve had was well received. Thank you to all those who attended and made it an enjoyable evening.

This was closely followed by the Dartford Ball and Shortlands drive in. Dawn and I enjoyed both these events and are looking forward to those that follow.

The men’s and ladies hampers competitions have been played, albeit having to be partly rescheduled due to adverse weather closing the course. Congratulations to the prize winners! The ladies receive their hampers this Thursday at the ladies Christmas dinner, whilst the men will be presented theirs before the Christmas Carols and meal on Sunday 17th December. A BIG THANK YOU to Karen Foster for preparing the hampers.

Some weeks back was a sad day for me personally with the passing of John Smedley (Snr). John was one of those people who made me feel really welcome when I joined Sidcup and I enjoyed many a good game with John over the 13 years that followed. I felt the funeral service was a fitting and moving tribute and the support shown by members of Sidcup a testament to the esteem in which John was held by all members of, in the words used during the service, “his beloved Sidcup”. Our thoughts and best wishes go to John W. Smedley and his family.

On the 7th November 2017 Derrick Aughterlony achieved a memorable milestone. 50 years as a member of Sidcup Golf Club. Over the years we have a lot to thank Derrick for, not least of which his time as Captain and President of our club. Congratulations Derrick !

This past week has been particularly busy first with attending the very successful ladies bazaar. It was great to see the clubhouse packed out at 10am on a Monday morning. I was honoured to be invited to draw the raffle and even managed to draw a few men’s names out.

The clubs first full social was on Saturday where we had Frankies Guys – a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The event was terrific, especially the 5th member of the band. I guess the contract is still in the post (you needed to be there). This was followed on Sunday by the Children’s Christmas Party. The kids appeared to have a great time. Mine and Dawn’s thanks to all the ladies that helped out preparing the lunch boxes and sweet stall. A special mention to Wendy and Karen Foster for Santa’s grotto and not forgetting Andy Kirk as Father Christmas, now officially “the best Santa ever”.

It was flattering to receive an invite to the Seniors Christmas Dinner Dance and the Juniors Christmas meal, both of which I’m looking forward to. What with these, the various swindle dinners, club events etc. I fear the comments about expanding waistlines may prove to be correct.

The Christmas decorations are up and look fabulous. The lights outside and the use of the lights in the clubhouse are particularly effective. Well done Julie and Lesley – Great job !
Before I started writing this I thought it’d be a quick note. I had no idea so much had happened in such a short space of time. But before I finish a quick reminder that we have the Christmas Carols and dinner on Sunday 17th. There is one table available so if you haven’t already done so there is still an opportunity to put your name down.

Then to finish 2017 there’s the New Year Eve Party. Just a few spaces left so get your names down fast. With all these events, a plea to make payment promptly as it makes life much easier, especially for Kieron and John.

Carol and I have placed a joint Captains charity Christmas card in the foyer and invite members to wish each other season’s greetings and place a charitable donation in the men’s competition box. The proceeds will be split equally between our chosen charities.

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gary Tait and the Greens staff for all their work over the year, presenting the course in such good condition. To Paul and his team for the fantastic food we’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy. To Kieron and the bar staff for their service and range of different beers that have been made available. To John for his organisation, professionalism and ensuring the smooth running of the club. To the board of directors for all their work throughout the year, much of it unseen but nonetheless vital to the running of the club. To all those volunteers who work out on the course, in and around the clubhouse or in the office in whatever capacity, this makes a huge difference to the pleasure and enjoyment each and every one of us takes out of being a member of Sidcup Golf Club.

Wishing everyone associated with Sidcup Golf Club a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Chris HIll
Captain, Sidcup Golf Club

p.s. I might even get a chance to talk about golf next time !
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