Monday, 17 December 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 17 Dec 2018

Well girls, I think this might be the last newsletter of 2018 and indeed my last one as Captain! There’s quite a lot in it so you might want to spread out the reading of it and save some for after Christmas lunch when it will send you nicely to sleep!!

Whilst I was still on Christmas tree duty, Jackie kindly arranged the Wreath making workshop. There look to be some great results which by now will be adorning your front doors! Nice job ladies!


Once I had finished the trees, party time began - firstly I invited myself to the 9 holers Christmas lunch at the Fox at Willian. Thanks Pat P for organising, the food was lovely and the company lovelier! The jokes in the crackers though were as bad as ever! 


Last Thursday dawned very cold but bright and we all got on with 9 holes of 4BBB in Christmas garb! What a day it was....Jenny (I never win anything!!!) Feaver and Kathy D combined very well to win the golf with 22 points!


The winners of the best dressed pair were Di and Chris - great puddings ladies!!


And the winning photo featured several old favourites including another woman with a turkey on her head!!


In amongst much frivolity I was proud to present a cheque for £6000 to Keith and Rosemary from the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. We have raised all that through our ladies section and once again I can’t thank you enough for your very very generous support through the year. I know that they are absolutely delighted and I am hoping to go over to their base for a more formal presentation in the new year. What a result!


Thanks to Nikki who managed to pop in during her lunch hour to present Marica, Angela and Megan with their photobooks from the Noughties Tour in Portugal. Sorry that Jean couldn’t be with us but your book awaits you...some great pics to celebrate your big ‘0’ birthdays.

Well done to Rogie and Pauline who helped us negotiate our way through the new rules. Personally I need to do some further homework and please come along to the club on Wednesday 16th January for a full presentation by Herts Golf Union. I know the section captains are meeting next week to discuss the effect of the rule changes on our own local rules. We need to prepare ourselves for the early matches in the year and on that subject Megan has posted sign up sheets for the Pearson matches next year so please check it out on the board in the changing room.

The partying was not over then either and in the evening we went to the Hermitage for an informal glass or 2 of Prosecco/wine and some sharing nosh...I remember a bottle or 2 of red wine as well! I certainly enjoyed it very much and thanks for your company - it appears that it was a success....too many photos to include all but just a taste below.



Next Thursday there is a stableford qualifier with sign up on HDID. However if you do not wish to play it as a qualifier or over 18 holes then please feel free to opt out on the day, especially if the weather is a bit rough. There are still spaces as I write this. I am delighted to be playing that day with a new member Jacky Swanson. I am sure we will all make her really welcome.

As I sign off from these weekly newsletters, I feel quite emotional as my captaincy comes to an end. I hope I have done all my thank yous to everyone who has made it such a memorable year and it just leaves me to wish Margaret and her Committee the very best for an equally wonderful year in 2019. The next couple of years will be a challenge with new rules in 2019 and some changes to the handicapping system in 2020. I know that we will be a great support to all the ladies running our Section.

Finally, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a very successful and healthy golfing year in 2019.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 10 December 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 10 Dec 2018

Well, I am back from Christmas tree installation, somewhat exhausted but looking forward to picking up my clubs again and seeing you all through the week! I hope you all managed to get a bit of golf in over the last couple of weeks in spite of the weather...a sample below of some of my work whilst you were on the course...



Back to the important issues of the day..this Thursday is the newly formatted Christmas 4BBB, it looks like there are nearly 40 of us playing 9 holes. There will be prizes for the best dressed Christmas pair and the winning pair. Might be some forfeits too....! Please bring some nibbles for the afternoon upstairs in the gallery room. Chips and hot drinks will be provided. Rosemary and Keith from the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance will be joining us to receive the cheque for this years fundraising and there will be a new rules briefing for next year (nothing heavy I am assured)! Then the evening out will be at the Hermitage that night - arrive at 6.30pm.

There are a couple of Fun Club competitions in the next few weeks open to all - the Christmas jumper challenge is on Friday 21st Dec, shotgun start at 8am. Still 2 tees available at the time of writing. Also the Boxing Day Scramble (on Dec 26th!!) sign up is on HDID.

Into 2019, we are now up to 32 people for the away weekend but intend to have a reserve list so if anyone would like to add their name to the list please do so!

The White tee shirt list is still up and doing well. The list will remain on the board until the end of 2018 and then Margaret will place a bulk order with the Pro Shop and hopefully get a small discount. There are samples available for trying on for size in the Pro shop before you buy!

See you all in the week
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 3 December 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 3 Dec 2018

Great decision to cancel the November Stableford last Thursday- the weather was horrendous...!

The annual Ladies v Men match took place on Sunday 25th November. It was a dry and benign day on the links! The matches were close but unfortunately (from the Ladies point of view) the Men, plying off the yellows (!) triumphed by 4.5 points to 1.5 points! Well done though to all the players - men and ladies. The matches were played in great spirit and thoroughly enjoyable. Des happily took the trophy!




The Pearson team played a home tie on Wednesday against our local rivals Knebworth. There were some familiar faces in their team but I am delighted to say that on a misty, drizzly, very windy day Chesfield ran out 4-3 winners. What a result - really well done to Megan and her team...


The Ladies section white tee shirts are now in the pro shop so you can try on and get the right size. If you would like to purchase one - for use in all our teams then there is a sign up list on the board. Any queries please contact Margaret.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Christmas Jumper Golf on Friday December 21st. This is always a fun day, the sign up sheet is on the club notice board. Great to see lots of you have signed up already!

Deep in the Christmas trees now....!!! Happy golfing

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 26 Nov 2018

In spite of the somewhat inclement weather the Winter Invitation last Thursday was a great day and it appears that we all enjoyed it! Thank you to all our visitors, I think at least 10 clubs were represented and it was great to meet up with old friends and adversaries from the other clubs! Thanks too to all who helped make it another memorable occasion at Chesfield. There were lots of good photos but just a couple here to sum up the atmos!



It was also wonderful to raise around £400 for Margaret's 2019 charities. Thanks for your generosity as always.

The sign up for 29 Nov (Stableford Q 18 holes) is on the system whilst for the 6th and 13th the sign up is on the board. If you want to dress up on 13th Dec there will be a prize for the best dressed pair but no pressure as might just need loads of layers over the need for glamourosity!!!

Into next year (and hopefully early Summer by then!) the planning for our Away Weekend to Stoke by Nayland in early June next year is well under way, with some great golf and fun evenings on the agenda. There are just a few more places available and if you are interested please talk to or email Nicola Adkins or Nikki Brooke for more details. Could we also please remind you to pay the deposit of £35.00 to Pat, before the deadline of Friday 1st December, if you haven't already done so.

The Pearson team played the 2nd match of their season on Friday away at Essendon. Unfortunately Chesfield were beaten by a good team but thanks to our team who gave their all as always. They will be playing again on Wednesday next week at home to our nearest adversaries so good luck to all in the team.


The results of the adult Par 3 2018 competition saw Pam Blake and Lauren Pitcher both qualify in the top prize winning places - its a great monthly competition held on our par 3 course and very good practice for the short game. Quite a few of our ladies section play regularly and the competition will start again in March next year. Speak to Kathy D or Jo Oliver for further details.

So...get those Christmas decs out of the loft and put your sprouts on...!! I am off to put up some Christmas trees for the next couple of weeks so will see you after they are all up!

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 19 Nov 2018

Firstly, apologies to Denise Clinch whose photo was in the newsletter when I sent it last week but it seems to have got lost in publication. Here it is!

Denise Clinch - Ann Grist Trophy

Some more winners were crowned this week - congrats to all!

Jackie R - Cup Winners Cup

Virginia - The Jean Ray OOM

The Committee has decided this year to introduce a white polo shirt for all our teams. This allows us to wear it with whatever colour jumper without upsetting the fashion police! So....thanks to Margaret for sorting.

Coming soon!! Glenmuir Ladies White Tee Shirts will be available in the ProShop in the next week or so for you to try on and order. Emblazoned with the club logo, the tee shirts will become the base colour for the Squad Teams as we move into 2019 as well as a great colour to go under those new 'Purple' club sweaters so many of you have kindly purchased. As soon as they appear on the shelves, you are free to go and try them on, of course! We will then put a list up on the noticeboard in the locker room for you to order your specific sizes, as a bulk order should help to keep the price down to around £30.00.

In case you weren't aware you can find all the Committee Minutes and now the AGM on the ladies section website - where you see this newsletter click on 'About us' and you should find them there.

The tee times for the Winter Invitational are up on the board now so please check and ensure all your guests are aware. Some nice prizes up for grabs that day and a raffle in aid of Margaret's charities MIND and Tilehouse Counselling. If you have any special requirements for lunch or otherwise please contact either Margaret or Kathy Carroll.

There is a stableford qualifier on the system for 29th November so please don't forget to sign up and there will be sign ups for 6th Dec and 13th Dec on the board in due course. On Dec 13th we will be playing a 9 hole 4 BBB (instead of Greensomes this year) with on course 'amusements'! Please only play 9 holes that day, bring some nibbly bits for afterwards, chips and tea and coffee are on order and I will presenting my cheque to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance that day. Also there will be 'some info' on the new rules for 2019 that day and we can all get away in time to prepare for our night at the Hermitage. I will let you have some more info on that next week!

Finally, see you on Tuesday when I am decorating the Club Christmas tree!!! No golf for me that day...!

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 12 Nov 2018

I am delighted to have awarded some more prizes this week! A huge congratulations to all the winners listed below....

  • Julia Goodwin won the Diamond Trophy (9 hole Order of Merit)
  • Nikki Brooke won the Weekend Order of Merit and had a hole in one on August 26th
  • Denise Clinch - won the Ann Grist Trophy
  • Rogie Taylor - won the Mary Warmoth Cup - with Kathy M - Rogie received a picture of the cup from Kathy! We will get a pic of both of them with the Cup in due course!



I still have a few prizes to give out to those unable to attend the AGM but they will be awarded....preferably not in the car park!!!

  • Caroline K won the Weekend Spring Salver
  • Clare Breen won the Weekend Nett Eclectic
  • Virginia Chan won the Jean Ray Order of Merit
  • Jackie Reid won the Cup Winners Cup

More about Cups now...here is the new Faircliff Winter Scratch Cup!


The draws for the above trophy KO and the Winter Handicap KO are now on the board with the rules of engagement alongside.

The Pearson Season started last week with a match at home against the Manor of Groves. Megan had selected and prepared her squad in a very professional manner and although she could do nothing about the weather (which was horrendous!) the team performed brilliantly and kicked off the season with a 5-2 win. A very big pat on the back for all...next up is an away match at Essendon on 23rd November.


Finally this week and by no means least, the rearranged Captain's Day and evening was great fun. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and thank you to everyone who made it another special Chesfield night and a memorable one for me.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 5 Nov 2018

Thank you all for attending the AGM last week. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening and thank you soooo much for all my lovely gifts. I am looking forward to purchasing some new clubs next year and the photo book of 2018 is a fantastic memory of my year. I would like to add my very good wishes for another such year to Margaret and her team in 2019. I know they will do a great job and be supported by an amazing group of ladies! Congratulations to all those winning trophies, cups and end of season orders of merit and Eclectics. If you weren't able to be there to collect your prizes I still have them and will try and pick a suitable moment to present you properly with your hard earned winnings.



Although the AGM is now complete there are still a number of events to come this side of the new year. This coming week we will be playing Captain v Vice Captain Pairs matchplay for the Hattersley Cup. The teams are on the board so please check your tee times in advance of Thursday. As this goes to print there is one space available to play as Julie R has had to pull out. Please let me know if you would like to play. After golf Marica is kindly laying on tea and cakes for us by way of celebration of her 'big' birthday so please stay afterwards and join us for tea and the presentation.

The Tuesday games have now moved to 9 holes, but you are of course welcome to play on if you wish and the weather permits. Just remember to hand your completed competition card in at the 9th. Last Tuesday saw the first of our "18 Hole Monthly Matchplay" games. This was designed to get a practice session in for team players ahead of the first match of the new season this week for the Pearson team. A very enjoyable round of friendly/competitive golf was had by all and good luck to the team against Manor of Groves at home on Wednesday. This format is aimed at ladies wishing to carry on playing 18 holes of golf throughout the winter months with a bit of matchplay practice. The next session will take place on Tuesday 27th November 2018. The sign up sheets for the usual Tuesday comp that day are on the board with a separate sheet for the matchplay practice. Whilst the idea is to use the last 2 tee times for the matchplay, please let any of us know if you cannot get a tee time that day for the Tuesday fun competition. Please be assured that Tuesday fun competitions and tee availability will not be compromised in any way by the once monthly matchplay.

You can still sign up for the Winter Invitation on Thursday Nov 22nd. Already we have lots of guests signed up as well so it should be a fun day with lunch afterwards and lots of prizes. Please let Kathy Carroll know if you or your guests have any special dietary requirements. In terms of payment please pay for yourselves in the usual ways and guests can settle on the day by cash or cheque. Margaret will be holding her first fundraising raffle that day for her chosen charities, MIND and Tilehouse Counselling. If you have any suitable prizes (that you would wish to win!) then please place them in the box in the locker room. We will sort the tee times out this week so you can let your guests know in good time!

Captains Day is on November 10th and I am greatly looking forward to playing with Hazel, Alison and Lorraine on the day and enjoying a night of casino, dancing and wine!! I look forward to sharing it with all who are taking part both in the golf and the evening.

On the club notice board in the bar you can sign up for the Christmas Jumper golf on Friday Dec 21st(always a fun day!) but also on that board you will find details of a number of workshops taking place to cover the new rules for 2019. These are free sessions to all and the one taking place at Chesfield is on Wednesday 16th January. Please see the notice board and sign up accordingly.

Let's hope we don't get too wet this week! Happy golfing!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 29 Oct 2018

Looks like some colder weather has now arrived as the clocks go back!

On Tuesday we had the presentation of the prizes for the Summer Stableford Competition. Unfortunately not all the winners were able to be there and enjoy tea and cake but congratulations to all the winners - Division 1, Vicky with Hazel as the Runner up, Division 2, Anne with Lesley as Runner Up and Division 3, Maggie, with Katy the Runner Up. I have your prizes and hope you will be able to pick them up at the AGM this week.



Congratulations to Pat Ward who won the qualifier on Thursday with a nett 67 and a great handicap cut as a result. It's been coming Pat so well done. Pat along with 7 others will qualify to play for the new 'Faircliff Winter Scratch Cup' (same format as before) whilst the next 8 finishers will play for the Winter Handicap Cup. The draw will be published in the next couple of weeks.

The AGM is on Thursday this week (1st Nov) at 7pm. Wine and nibbles will be available so come in good time. If you haven't yet signed the sheet don't worry you can still come on the night. There are lots of end of season prizes to award and Margaret will be introducing her new committee members. I look forward to seeing you all then.

The Pearson squad will be having their first 'Matchplay Tuesday' this week as their matches begin on Nov 7th with a match at home against Manor of Groves. The plan is to run a Matchplay Tuesday once a month using the early tee times for members of the matchplay squads. However, this will in no way affect the usual Tuesday Fun competition. We will publish the future dates well in advance and should you have any concerns then please talk to a member of the committee.

Jo Oliver is still running her Monday/Wednesday clinics, open to all. It is a great way to keep your swing in check and tweak those bad habits. Please sign up on the board. In addition I am hoping that Jo will run some squad clinics in due course too.

There are several events to sign up for on the board in the changing room, rather than on the computer, as follows

8th November - The Hattersley Cup - Captain v Vice Captain team - Margaret and I will pick the teams next week.

22 November - Winter Invitation 9 holes and lunch - we already have a number of guests signed in so please see the board for all details, sign up and bring your friends!

25 November (Sunday) Ladies v Men. We have given priority to our weekend ladies here but it is open to all and you will have courtesy of the course that day if you are only a 5 day member.

Finally, social sec Jackie has put the details up of a Christmas shopping day out to Ely Cathedral market on Friday November 16th. Details and costs are on the board. Please email Jackie if you would like to go.

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 22 Oct 2018

As you all know the Noughties were on tour last week in Portugal. We can not divulge too much that goes on on tour but enough to say I think we all had a great time and played some fab courses!!


It is not long now until the AGM on Nov 1st. Notifications and details of next years Committee are on the board so please take a look and sign up if you can make it. The evening will have an element of end of season prizegiving too so please try and come. The club will very kindly be providing wine and canap├ęs to help make the evening go with a flow!

The Friendly Team played the final match of their season v Mowsbury at home and had a great win 3 and 1. There are some new faces in the team this time - I hope you all enjoyed the experience and congrats to all.


It was then great to get all teams together for the end of season celebrations last Thursday and hear the results of our year!! Great play everyone and here's to next season. In fact the Pearson Team will get going in November so thanks to Megan for sorting out the first matches and squad practice. Good luck!

Two chances for tea and cake this week - on Tuesday we will be awarding the prizes for the Summer Stableford League and on Thursday Lauren is very kindly providing the refreshments as celebration of her birthday which is on Friday this week. Congratulations Lauren for reaching a significant milestone!

Next time you exit the changing room check the back of the door for a letter I received this week!! Haha!

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 15 October 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 15 Oct 2018

As I write this, a bunch of us are on our way to Portugal, celebrating significant birthday milestones this year for Jean, Marica, Megan and Angela H. I am certain it will be a blast and we are playing some lovely courses on the Algarve.

Whilst on the subject of significant birthday milestones, Lauren is providing tea and cake for all to celebrate her birthday, after the Scratch and Handicap KO competition on Thursday 25th October. Thanks Lauren, will look forward to it!

The presentation of the prizes for the summer Tuesday Stableford League will take place on Tuesday 23rd October, when all have finished golf. Tea and cake will again be on offer! Please sign up on the sheet in the changing room if you are coming as I will need to let them have numbers as the end of the week.

Details of the Christmas night out on Thursday 13th December are now on the board. Please sign next to your name to confirm you are still able to come. Numbers are limited so if you weren't on the original list please sign up on the reserve list and hopefully we can get you in! The competition that day will now be 4BBB pairs format, in place of Greensomes. Also please bring a bit of scoff for our gathering after golf that day but I will remind you nearer the time.

Congratulations to Margaret and Kathy M who won the Lauren Pitcher Plate and the Autumn Stableford respectively last Thursday. They have both had big handicap cuts! Well done ladies.

The Mary Warmoth Cup was won this year by Rogie and Kathy M at the 16th. A fine result ladies against that difficult pairing of Margaret and Pauline! Make sure you come to the AGM to collect your silverware!

Sign up for the Ladies AGM is still on the board and another date for your diary is the evening of the Club AGM on Tuesday November 13th.

Good luck to all the ladies in the Friendly Team for the final match of the season v Mowsbury on Wednesday this week. Go get them!

Unfortunately I was spotted this week gambling my life away wearing a club sweater! Anyone know a good bank for a loan!


See you all on Thursday for the Cup Winners Cup and Consolation Cup. The end of season squad tea will take place following golf.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

 
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