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LATEST NEWS AT BGC
BGC Membership Renewals for 2018-19
With just four weeks until our new Club year starts on October 1st, it's now time to renew your membership.
Individual letters have been prepared for each of you by Lynne and, if you haven't already done so, they are ready for you to collect from the Club Office.
We would remind Members that fees are payable by 30th September and would appreciate payments by this date.
Thank you in advance and we wish you all another enjoyable and successful year of golf in 2019.
The Spring/Summer 2018 edition of the Bedfordshire Golf Club Recorder has now been published. It summarises all that's been happening at the club over the last few months and includes reports from key officers and each ones from section of the club.
To read online or download a copy please click on the following link:
County Card 2018/19 Stickers Now Available
County Cards for 2018/19 are now available, and to activate yours, stickers can be collected to make them valid from April 2018.
Please liaise with Mags of Lynne to collect yours, or you can email or call and arrangements can be made for collection from Pro-Shop or bar.
For Members who have not previously used a County Card, these give you access to many to many other local courses at significantly discounted green fees.
Improved Hot Drinks Facilities in BGC Lounge Bar
Our new Lounge Bar based hot drinks machine is now operational and is already providing the Club and Members a number of benefits.
Our new Bravilor Esprecious Bean to Cup Coffee Machine
Providing a wide choice of hot drinks, including a full selection of quality Bean to Cup Coffee options, it also makes Hot Chocolate and provides Hot Water for making Tea. This will provide a significant improvement in speed of service at busy times as the bar staff will no longer need to go to the kitchen as often to make hot drinks, but can now do this more quickly and efficiently at the point of order.
The machine can also fill 2 cups at once and the coffee options will be served with a biscuit.
Easy Click On-Screen Drink Options
We hope you enjoy the hot drinks from our new machine and all benefit from the improved service levels and staff efficiency it provides us with.
BGC Facebook Site - Your Help Needed Please...
An ‘unofficial’ Bedfordshire Golf Club Facebook site was created some time ago, but unfortunately, it wasn’t created by current Club staff or representatives.
This has resulted in a site which has incorrect information in it, and even some details and images/comments which are related to The Bedford Golf Club rather than our own, see via the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bedfordshire-Golf-Club/262072053903713
As you will realise, this is confusing, unrepresentative of Bedfordshire Golf Club and potentially damaging to our reputation. Online requests to Facebook have so far not resulted in any response, or indeed the required changes, so we would value your help.
If you know who created the site, or have any knowledge of how to change incorrect images and references/details on Facebook when you are not the ‘owner’ of the site, please let Lynne Hopkins in the Club Office know, either by email at email@example.com or calling her on 01234 822555 ext 2
Thank you in advance
NB: This is not the same Facebook site that is used by the Ladies section of Bedfordshire Golf Club. This is 'owned' and managed by ladies within our club and as such is factually correct and current.
New Club Ties Now Available
The new version of the Bedfordshire Golf Club Tie is now available - perfect for Club Functions and representative matches and events.
Gentlemen - if your club tie is looking tired, why not get a new one, to look even smarter at future events?
Ladies, an ideal present for your loved one - assuming of course, he's a member!
Ties available from the Club Office at just £15.
New Style & New Logo
Annual General Meetings -
Sunday 21st January from 1.00pm
The AGM's for both Bedfordshire Golf Club and Biddenham Golf Club Limited took place Sunday, 21st January.
Those attending heard how it's been another successful year at Stagsden for both the Golf Club and the Limited Company.
To read AGM agendas, meeting reports and 2016/17 Accounts, go to the following links and use the User Name and Passwords previously issued to Members & Shareholders:
Bedfordshire Golf Club AGM
Biddenham Golf Club Limited AGM
200 Club - End of Year and December Draws
The End of Year 200 Club Draw was held at the New Year's Eve Party and the lucky winners are as follows:
£500 Mick Field
£250 Sue Cribb
£150 David Allen
The December Draw Winners were as follows:
£150 John Burke
£150 Joe Nellis
Have you subscribed to the BGC 200 Club? If not, call the office and give yourself a chance of being a big winner each month and an even bigger winner each quarter. The lost of 200 Club Winners during 2017 is shown further down this page under 200 Club, followed by full details of how the scheme works and cash prizes on offer.
SOCIAL EVENTS AT BGC
Details of future Social Events are shown below:
A sign-up sheet and sponsorship opportunities will be put on the Social Noticeboard later in september.
BGC MAGAZINE - 'THE RECORDER'
This features details of Bedfordshire Golf Club's move to our new golf courses and facilities at Stagsden in 2000 after 105 years of golfing history at Biddenham.
Sheila Fairey - £150
Phil Anderson - £150
Mike Fairey - £150
Nick Turnbull - £150
Ian Davenport - £150
Barry Sullivan - £150
The BOGS - £150
Martin Jones - £150
Roger Dilley - £150
Brian Mitchell - £150
Annual Draw Winners
Mick Field - £500
Sue Cribb - £250
David Allen - £150
John Burke - £150
Joe Nellis - £150
John Grover - £150
Keith Burgess - £150
Keith Burgess - £150
Sue Senior - £150
Geraint Dixon - £150
Joe Nellis - £150
Brian Hamilton - £150
John Cook - £150
Roger Willis - £150
Marie Wright - £150
Links to the 200 Club are below - if you're not already in it - why not sign up today and see what cash prizes you could win each month?
CLUB DIARY 2017
Copies of the 2017 club diary are available from the Club Office. To view the online versions, please click on the links below:
Christmas Lunch Attended by Nearly 100 Guests
Nearly 100 guests attended a very successful and enjoyable Christmas Lunch on Sunday. The lunch was preceded by songs from the voices of 'Fusion' (see below), a young group of local singers, who performed very well, especially as their numbers were reduced by the colds and flu bug currently doing the rounds!
Always a very popular event, The Biddenham Suite was nearly at capacity for this traditional Pre-Christmas lunch at the club. Those attending were treated to one of Chef's excellent festive meals followed by Mince Pies and Coffee.
Our thanks go to the team who looked after everyone so well throughout a relaxed and enjoyable event.
Regional Finalists Amazed at Bedfordshire GC
On Thursday 19th October we were delighted to host the England Golf South East Region Seniors League Final between Hampshire and Hertfordshire and Hampshire 6 points to 4
As the club hosting this event, we received many complimentary comments including:
Both Captains commenting on the impressive quality of the course and particularly the greens (fast and true) and the fairways (consistently and uniformly high quality).
Virtually every player we spoke to said that their home course is now playing to winter rules (which we are not, yet) and they were amazed at how good our course is in October!
The President of Hertfordshire Golf took pictures of the 6th Green with no players on it and when asked why, he said that he was going to send them to the Course Manager at his own club as an example of how neat and tidy green edges should look!
A number of players and officials commented on the warm and friendly welcome they had received (during both the practice and competition rounds) from both staff and members.
The President of Bedfordshire Golf and his senior officers were all extremely impressed by the quality of the course, facilities generally and the hospitality extended and commented specifically about the very impressive way in which we hosted this event which they felt reflected very well on the county generally.
All in all - well done to the greens team and all those who helped or supported the event from Bedfordshire Golf Club. We should feel very proud of just how impressed everyone was about our club.
Bedfordshire Golf Club updates club logo
In 2016 Bedfordshire Golf Club celebrated its 125th Anniversary, and in doing so created a special club logo to recognise the event, incorporating the original club crest and a new-style 125th Anniversary 'scroll' underneath.
This logo was very well received by members, with the majority purchasing at least one item of club clothing to celebrate this major event for the club. It was always intended that the club would revert to the original 'crest' when we moved into our 126th year, but having done so, many felt that the original crest was perhaps missing something and looked a little dated.
With this in mind, the management team has now produced an enhanced version of the original club crest with a new 'scroll' to create a new logo which includes 'Founded 1891'. This also has the benefit that it is no longer time-bound by any particular event or celebration and can be used by the club for many years to come. The new logo is shown below.
We hope you like the new version, as you will start to see it on branded items around the club in the weeks to come.
You will, we're sure, also be pleased to know that you will be able to sport this updated version of the Club logo when you're playing golf, as it will be featured on the Autumn stock from 1st October in the Professional Shop, both for member purchases and on staff uniforms. An offer will be sent to you shortly in your membership renewals pack, giving you the opportunity to receive an early order discount.
Clubhouse Refurbishment - Window replacements
Members will be pleased to know that as part of our ongoing clubhouse refurbishment and improvement programme, we are now replacing all the faulty window panels throughout the building. Some of the sealed units within these windows have failed resulting in a cloudy appearance. This work is being carried out by Bromham Windows, a local company which specialises in double-glazed windows.
Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of July. We apologise for any inconvenience caused whilst the work is going on.
New Entrance Walkway - Finally Completed
We are delighted to report that the new stone & rubber compound laid on the walkway to the front entrance of the Club House has finally been completed to our satisfaction.
After several failed attempts, the contractors have at last supplied and fitted a compound to meet our quality requirements. The surface provides a permeable layer for rain and excellent grip when walking down the slope, even during the winter period. In addition, it is much more aesthetically pleasing than the previous concrete 'stone' surface.
For all of you who have already seen it and walked on it, we are sure you will agree it is a major improvement to our club house entrance.
Greens Renovation Completed
Hollow coring/greens renovation was completed in late April on all 18 greens on the Stagsden Course. An essential process, we hope you will all now see the benefits, with faster, smoother and truer greens on which to play your golf. For the full story click here
Spring Lane, Stagsden - ROAD NOW OPEN AGAIN
Members will be pleased to know that the essential bridge repairs on Spring Lane, Stagsden have been completed well ahead of schedule and the road is now open again!
2017 Joint Captains' Drive-In -
2017 AGM and Captain's handover
The club AGM took place on Sunday 22nd January. Chairman, Steve Coppock and General Manager, Geraint Dixon reported that the club is in good health, with a record surplus in 2016 and a steady stream of new members joining from a variety of local clubs, who cite the excellent range of facilities on offer, great value for money and perhaps most of all - the warm welcome they receive in their first few weeks here!
2017 Captain, John Simpson takes the helm at AGM - see the full story on the Club Captain's Page
Past Captain, Kevin Dunbar bowed out after a very successful year and handed over to new Club Captain, John Simpson. John said it is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to captain Bedfordshire Golf Club - especially at such a good time for the club. He is looking forward to meeting, and playing golf with, as many members as possible during his year and to doing all he can to ensure the club continues on its current successful journey.
New Officers at the Club for 2017
In addition to new Club Captain, John, several other new officers have been appointed in 2017 as follows:
Vice Captain, Jim Godfrey
Ladies Captain, Anne Harris
Seniors Captain, Terry Mizzi
Board Member, Clive Haywood
Board Member, Barry Sullivan
Chair of Competitions, John Haines
We wish them all well in fulfilling their new roles.
Anne Harris - Volunteer of the Year Award
I'm delighted to announce that in-coming Ladies Captain, Anne Harris, has been recognised by the Bedfordshire County Golf Union for her contribution to the promotion of golfing activities, not just within our Club - but across the County.
Anne was presented with her award at Mount Pleasant Golf Club and on behalf of everyone in the Pro-Shop in particular & the Club in general, I'd like to thank Anne for all the effort she puts in behind the scenes, trying to get things done…..even if it does make our lives tougher at times! It's good to see that someone who actively shuns the limelight has finally had the spotlight turned on them - well deserved!
Former member Henry Longhurst inducted into World Golf's Hall of Fame
Members may be interested to know that one of the best known former members of Bedfordshire Golf Club has been inducted into World Golf’s Hall of Fame, as part of the Class of 2017, along with Ian Woosnam & Davis Love, see link:
Many of you might be unaware of Henry, understandably since he died in 1978, but he was quite a character during his life. Born in Bedford and part of the Longhurst family who established Longhurst & Skinner, he went to Bedford School, before studying at Clare College, Cambridge. He became interested in politics and was eventually elected as MP for Acton, see wikipedia:
A keen golfer throughout his life, he started writing for a monthly golf magazine, which eventually came to the attention of the Sunday Times, from which he became their golf correspondent. He subsequently became the BBC’s senior golf commentator, featuring on several US network broadcasts.
Most members are probably unaware that the bell in Bedfordshire Golf Club's lounge, which is rung by The Captain to announce results of competitions, is in honour of Henry Longhurst himself!
The Deacon Dinner & Cup
The Deacon Dinner took place on Saturday 27th May in The Biddenham Suite. One of the Club's most prestigious Men's events, which has taken place almost every year since the 1920's, it was a very enjoyable if somewhat alcoholically fuelled evening. Following an excellent meal, and Captain John's own amusing golfing 'tales', he introduced this year's guest speaker who was none other than BGC member Nick Willis. Nick, in his own inimitable style, provided a very entertaining speech for the 60+ guests, with some hilarious anecdotes and golfing tales. He received warm and well deserved applause.
Sunday morning arrived and many of those on the putting green members were complaining of sore heads! Perhaps this explained some of the scores, as very, very few managed to play to their handicap. A small number did though, and things were so tight at the top after 18 holes that a play-off was called for between new member Rob Donnelly and Chris Johnson who were tied on Net 69.
The ultimate victor after 21 holes and Deacon Cup Winner for 2017 was Rob Donnelly - yet another Major's Board with the family name on it! Well done to Rob and of course, Chris for his excellent and sporting performance.
Below: Rob Donnelly with Captain John
Also played for in this competition is of course, The Judges Cup for the lowest gross score over 18 holes. This year, the trophy was deservedly won by Colin Beard with a 75.
Below: Colin receiving his trophy from Captain, John
Celtic Night - Saturday 4th March
The Biddenham Suite was packed with over 100 members and guests for a hugely successful Celtic Night. A welcome from a Scottish Piper got everyone in the mood and he then accompanied Norman McQueen in 'Toasting the Haggis'. Following an excellent meal with English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh themes, Local Irish band, Life of Riley got everyone up and dancing. Following his Drive-In lunch, this was Captain John Simpson's first social event in the role, and he manfully overcame a sore throat as MC. The photo above shows Geraint and his mates belting out some Welsh 'classics' - if you can call them that!
The Quiz Night on Friday 31st March, proved a very enjoyable evening and a very close contest. Those attending enjoyed a supper of Lasagne accompanied by mixed salad, and by the sound of some of the answers - quite a bit of alcoholic refreshment too!
After much too-ing and fro-ing between the best performing teams, the winners were the table comprising David & Helen Owen, new members Graham & Rose Gill, Helen & Steve Gilder and Anne & Nick Willis who will of course organise the next event in the autumn.
Thanks go to Board Chairman Steve Coppock and team who organised the quiz this time.
Captain's Drive-In Lunch - Sunday 29th January
The Captain's Drive-In Lunch took place in a packed Biddenham Suite on Sunday 29th January. Members, families and friends enjoyed a lovely meal and a speech from New Club Captain John Simpson in which he outlined his plans for the year ahead. He thanked all those who have supported him to this point and of course, those who will be providing an endless supply of it during the year ahead - especially Ladies Captain Anne and of course his lovely wife Sue!
Above (top) - Captain John, family and friends - and (below) Ladies Captain Anne, family and friends.
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