The inaugural Exceptional Service Awards were made to the following members of Bedfordshire Golf Club - January 2017
Alvan receiving his award from Past President, Prof. Peter Hancock
Alvan began golf club membership at Royal Lytham St Anne’s in 1954 and his RAF service took him around the UK and overseas to six other clubs before he retired as a Wing Commander and having been appointed to work at Cranfield University moved to Biddenham from St Neots in 1974 when he joined Bedfordshire Golf Club.
He was elected to the Committee in 1978 and Chaired the Social Committee until he was elected as Vice Captain in 1983. Following his Captain’s year in 1984 he continued to serve the Club as Greens Chairman from 1985-88. He was Chair of the Development Committee from 1996-98 which initiated the complex process of organising the move from Biddenham to Stagsden.
He began his long involvement with County Golf as the Club representative from 2002 until 2009, joining Bedfordshire County Executive Committee in 2002 and served as County President 2004-2005. Following this he was elected to the South Eastern Counties Executive Committee where he served until 2010.
He also Captained the Bedfordshire Captains’ Golf Society in 1996 and still serves on their executive committee and best of all is still playing in their events.
After 42 years of membership, Alvan with wife Daphne, continues to support Club events and plays regularly with the Seniors.
Trevor with Marjorie and below receiving Trevor's award from Past President, John Farnworth
Trevor joined Bedfordshire Golf Club in 1972. He had a unique golf swing the result of a childhood accident. At age 11 he had broken his arm badly and it was forever after crooked. He had been told at that time that he could not now expect to play any sport. But typically he found his own path and as a golfer became very competent and competitive. Many members will have discovered that he was also a very knowledgable golfer, understanding golfing etiquette, the complexities of the rulebook and the current handicapping system better than anyone. But above all he was great fun to play golf with. He had a mischievous sense of humour enjoying tales of golfing mishaps but also very willing to laugh at himself.
Trevor retired from teaching in July 1998 and within 10 days he had been co-opted to act as Club General Manager thus, somewhat to his chagrin, missing out on his six weeks of summer holidays. He performed this task admirably and without salary until the new manager was appointed. Those of you closely involved in Club affairs in the years just before and after the move to Stagsden will know just how challenging those times were.
Trevor became Club Captain in 2002. It is often said that each Club Captain has his share of issues to cope with but Trevor and his team were beset with serious financial and staffing issues. He made great sacrifices in the pursuit of the survival of the club and his many other Captain's duties. It seemed that whenever there was a "crisis" Trevor was one of the first to help. As we now know the crises of the early Stagsden years were overcome - just. The debt we all owe to Trevor for his part in achieving this will always be remembered.
Later on Trevor became the shining light of the Seniors Section as its secretary. Those of us who worked closely with him came to know that Trevor was not one to let the grass grow under his feet. If anything was overlooked, he would inevitably be on the phone diplomatically giving a nudge in the right direction. The extent to which he modestly and efficiently managed Seniors section affairs and developed its organisation and scope cannot be overstated. The standards and structures he helped implement still remain. If his health had not failed him in recent years he would in all probability still be running the show. He was irrepressibly keen on improving whatever he was involved with organising. He had a fund of knowledge, knew every member, remembered every tradition, but was ever open to new ideas. His involvement in Club affairs and especially in organising the Seniors became a huge part of his life and he loved it. Just as his pupils had been given his unstinting effort so our Club benefitted from his 38 years of dedicated service. Sadly Trevor passed away in 2016 but bequeathed us the legacy of his exceptional service and memories of an admirable member.
Keith receiving his award from President, Roger Willis
Keith took up membership in 1984. For many years he was a member of the Men's Senior Section Committee and for thirteen years he very successfully managed the organisation of the Senior men's match fixtures. This was a very difficult task, arranging dates and selecting teams for 28 matches every season. His dedicated work over many hours and years resulted in enjoyable hours of friendly competitive golf for hundreds of our senior players. He continued to enter men’s competitions until very recently.
During the construction phase of the new courses, clubhouse and driving range he took an enthusiastic interest and made a substantial photographic record of the process which has resulted in the facility we now enjoy.
He has also maintained the floral displays around the new clubhouse and in recent times formed a team to plant spring flower displays along the verges of the entrance roads.
More recently he arranged men's competition winner's names to be engraved on the Club' trophies.
He is also keenly interested in the maintenance of the course machinery, a legacy from his days as a toolmaker/ engineer and he has helped in this very important facet of the greens keeper's work.
Now into his 80s Keith continues to show his great interest in all that happens at Bedfordshire Golf Club despite a period of poor health.
He continues to support the Club with his wife Edna and make a very substantial contribution for the benefit of all members.