Bedfordshire Golf Club Team Profiles
20 Years at Bedfordshire Golf Club for Course Manager, John Gubb - February 2020
Course Manager John Gubb has just reached a major milestone at Bedfordshire Golf Club. Already the longest serving member of the staff and management teams by some way, he reached his 20th anniverary as an employee of the Club on Friday 21st February.
Joining the Club as Deputy Manager of the Greens' Team, he and his colleagues were initially dividing their time between maintaining the old course at Biddenham, whilst preparing the new course at Stagsden for its launch six months later. He was of course present when Laura Davies, DBE, drove the first ball from the 1st tee at Stagsden during our launch event on Saturday 30th September 2000.
20 years on, we are proud to have John as our Course Manager, and I'm sure all members would agree with us, that he and his team have done a fantastic job in creating two such fabulous golf courses for our Members and Visitors in such a short time.
John Gubb with Club Captain, Nick Turnbull, along with colleagues and friends from the Club
Previous Staff Announcements Are Shown Below
New Team Member in the Club Office - March 2019
We are delighted to announce the arrival of Sue Kimber as our new Administrator at Bedfordshire Golf Club. She reports to Lynne Hopkins, our Office Manager and takes over from Mags Barbour.
Having lived in Bromham for over 30 years, Sue is familiar with the club, but not the ‘golfing vocabulary’ as no family members play golf (yet)!
Her career to date has been based around administration, secretarial, accounting and tutoring, so she should pick up the reigns in the office fairly quickly.
She is married with 2 children and 2 dogs (seen here)! Her daughter Jess is just about to finish her Masters at Nottingham University in Mechanical Engineering and her son James is training locally to be an accountant. In her spare time she likes walking the dogs, home decorating and socializing.
Sue says "...I'm really looking forward to working in the beautiful setting that is Bedfordshire Golf Club and getting to work in a team office environment again, rather than working from home".
She hopes to meet as many of you as possible over the coming weeks, so pop in and say hello.
Senior staff changes in our kitchen - July 2018
After 9 years of dedicated and professional service, Head Chef Peter thinks it's time he put his feet up and he has decided that he will retire at the end of July.
Peter has been a very loyal and steadfast member of the Club's senior management team, often operating in challenging circumstances and under his leadership our kitchen has served both members and guests/visitors with excellent and tasty fare.
At the President's Day prize-giving, our President Roger made a speech to thank Peter for all that he has done for the club and to present him with his two chosen gifts of a top quality watch and some B&Q vouchers! Clearly, he thinks he'll now have plenty of time to do all those jobs he's been putting off for years...
President Roger, presenting Peter with his farewell gifts
At the same time, we are pleased to announce that we have appointed a new Head Chef, Debbie Caves, to lead our catering team, working alongside Adrianna and our other kitchen staff - and to work closely with our administration and events teams.
Peter shows Debbie 'the ropes' on day 1
Debbie brings a wealth of relevant catering and hospitality experience and having helped us out in the past with some larger events, already has a pretty good working knowledge of our kitchens.
Debbie joined us in mid-July for a brief handover period with Peter and will fully take over the reins to coincide with his retirement at the end of the month. During this period, they are sharing the responsibilities for delivering our range of catering services to both members and visitors.
Debbie already into the swing as she manages a shift
Please join us in wishing Peter a long and happy retirement and welcoming Debbie to the team.
The Management Board
Focus on Richard Kemp, BGC Pro-Shop
Although Richard was born in South Africa (the accent still gives it away!) he's spent much of his life in England having moved to Milton Keynes at the age of 12. He started playing golf at the age of 16 at The Millbrook. Here, he also first met Geraint Dixon and subsequently worked with him in the Pro-Shop. While at Millbrook, he was very successful on the golf course, and was club champion there three times.
Recognizing that he was a good golfer, he set his heart on playing on the Pro Tour. Aged 20 he moved back to his country of birth, South Africa, where he says "...I chased the dream of private jets, flash cars and seven star hotels - the life of a playing professional. I survived for seven years on the Sunshine Tour where reality was dinner of baked beans on toast, one car with four players and luggage and a room shared with eight!"
Then realising he needed to actually earn some money, he started working in sales at a large golf retail shop, learning the trade in golf, gaining knowledge in production, repairs and fitment of golf clubs. He was soon put in charge of looking after many accounts all over Africa. He then had to make a choice of moving back to England with his wife to start a family, or to stay there and risk pulling up to a set of traffic lights and not know if he’d pull away unscathed - a pretty easy decision really!
Richard subsequently re-joined Geraint - this time at Bedfordshire Golf Club, where has has worked in the Pro-Shop for the last 18 months. He commented.."Working at a true members club is great and it's definitely more rewarding, as you get to know people and their games and watch them improve over time. Of course, every day has it’s new set of challenges - but that’s just the weather!"
If you didn't know anything about Richard before - you do now, so please take the opportunity to say hello when you're next in the Pro-Shop.
Members may not know that there are two budding stars working behind the bar these days…
Joe Bygraves, son of Club Treasurer, Gerald, is a published singer / songwriter who regularly plays solo gigs around the eastern region – and we’ll feature him again as he’s booked to serenade us at an event later in the year.
The other, is Santino Cocchiarella (pictured here), with a name already designed for stardom, he played a leading role in the big 'Party in Bedford Park' last Saturday, where his band, The Wholls, more than ably supported lead act The Kaiser Chiefs in front of thousands of fans, and many members of the club!
Santino joined The Wholls in 2015. They performed at the Reading & Leeds festival for BBC Introducing and were signed to Sony music Germany. A European tour followed and their debut album is now available on Spotify and Apple Music.
Santino said “It was great playing in front of our home crowd & we had loads of positive feedback from existing & new fans”.
Normal service resumed on Sunday morning though, serving the Members after the Aquila Trophy & welcoming people at the new Members’ meet & greet!
We wish both of them every success in their burgeoning careers – feel free to ask them about upcoming events & support them if you can!