Captains Charity 2017-18
Firstly, thank you Adrian and congratulations on a successful year as Captain, your achievement in raising such a lot of money for ‘Help For Heroes’ and your help in preparing me for the year ahead.
My thanks to Pete and the Committee for all his hard work in the past year. I hope to be able to build upon and emulate his, and our predecessors efforts and I look to you for your continued support in our Club and endeavours.
For those who haven’t heard, I am pleased to announce that I have asked Paul Walsh to be my Vice Captain this year and he has accepted the offer. Additionally, I have selected Help for Heroes to be my Charity.
As I am still serving in the Royal Air Force it probably comes as no surprise to many of you but, having seen first hand some of the physical and mental issues that have arisen as a result of the recent conflicts that the UK has committed it’s forces to, it was an easy choice.
I hope you will join me in my attempts to give something back to help support those injured in the line of duty. I’m also very pleased that Julie Down, as incoming Ladies Captain, has similarly agreed that she will be supporting the charity as well.
Help for Heroes was launched on 1st October 2007 to help provide better facilities for British service personnel who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty. Help for Heroes was co-founded by Bryn Parry and his wife Emma. The couple visited Selly Oak Hospital where they met injured servicemen and women in July 2007 and decided they needed to do something to help.
The charity was launched following a meeting with the professional head of the British Army, the Chief of the General Staff. Help for Heroes has attracted many high-profile trustees and patrons and has the support of the Ministry of Defence. It has also attracted support from national newspapers in the United Kingdom, as well as many celebrities and royal patrons.
Help for Heroes has benefited from a broad variety of individual events to some pretty unique and serious challenges including: Rallying in Europe, Bike Rides from Portsmouth through Europe to many historic First World War and Second World War battle sites, a world record number of Land–Rovers in convoy (348), marathons, treks in Nepal and the Sahara Desert, mountain climbing, a charity single, and even a glamour calendar.
And now we too, with your help, can do our bit in support. As a result of their efforts in support of Help for Heroes Bryn and Emma Parry were both invested with the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for their services to charity on 25 November 2010.
I would like to continue the tradition of Captain’s Charity Fines; so look out for the collection tins that will be strategically placed around the Clubhouse. My fines are: land in the 18th hole bunker or don’t get past the ladies tee on any hole and it’ll be 50p to the Captain’s Charity. Of course, you can always absolve yourself by donating £5 to the Charity via the bar staff which get you out of jail for the whole year; join the queue behind me!
Let the bar staff know and we’ll keep a list of donors.
Finally, my date for your diary is Saturday 16 July 2016 which will be my Captains Charity Day.
Adrian Reid Club Captain 2016-2017
Captains Charity 2015 -2016
This year as captain, I have nominated Meningitis Now as the charity for Woodbridge Park Golf Club members to support. Members will recall that one of our employees was very ill last year with viral meningitis. This charity has also been chosen to support the fund raising being carried out by another of the club’s employees.
About Meningitis Now
Meningitis Now is an award winning charity that for 30 years has been leading the fight against meningitis in the UK. https://www.meningitisnow.org/
Based in Stroud they were founded by Bristol businessman Steve Dayman following the tragic death of his son Spencer to meningitis. Last year Steve was awarded a Pride of Britain award and an honorary doctorate by Bristol University for his charity work.
Each year on average there are around 9,000 cases of meningitis in the UK. Following bacterial meningitis 1 in 10 people tragically lose their lives; however it is less well known that 1 in 3 are left with life long after effects such as limb loss, acquired brain injury, hearing loss, epilepsy or cerebral palsy.
Although it can affect anyone, it is the disease most feared by parents as it overwhelmingly affects young children and teenagers.
Over the last 30 years they have helped fund the development of vital vaccines, which today are part of the childhood immunisation programme. They have greatly increased awareness of the disease and provided vital ongoing support to thousands of people affected by meningitis.
Each year Meningitis Now provides support to hundreds of families across the South West. This includes:
– providing emotional and practical support via home and hospital visits by community support officers
– providing financial support through a financial grants programme
– helping families rebuild their lives through specialist advice and training, peer support activities, family days, counselling and Believe and Achieve weekends.
Where Are The Funds Raised Going To Be Used?
The partnership with Woodbridge Park Golf Club will help to save lives and rebuild futures of those affected by meningitis in the South West. The partnership would assist existing family support, raising awareness in the South West with a pilot in schools and a programme aimed at universities and students.
What Are We Doing To Support?
– The Three Peaks Challenge – September 4th to the 6th (Julie Down – Staff Member):
o Julie will be walking up three of the Peaks; Snowdonia, Ben Nevis and Scapa Fell – no mean feat!
- Add your name to the sponsorship form in the clubhouse.
- Currently standing at over £800
- Alternatively follow the link to her Just Giving page to donate http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JulieDown
Captains Charity Day: Saturday 18 July 2015. Details below.
Any offers of sponsorship or prizes greatly welcomed (see myself, Cheryl or Julie)
Check the notice board for other events later in the year
Members are welcome to suggest other fund raising ideas
- No shaving of my head (There is not much to lose)
- Any reasonable idea considered (whilst sober)
Captain’s Charity Fines (collection tins in the clubhouse):
Land in the 18th hole bunker and you’ll owe the Captains Charity 50p.
Don’t get past the ladies tee on any hole and it’ll be another 50p to the Captain’s Charity.
Of course you could always buy a £5 card which will absolve you of these penalties for the whole year!
These will be available soon from myself or let the bar staff know and we’ll keep a list of donors.
Together we can make a difference to other people’s lives that have been affected by meningitis. So please give generously and thank you all for your support in this worthy cause.
Peter Gale Club Captain 2015/16
Woodbridge Park Golf Club
Captain’s Charity Day Saturday – 18th July 2015
(To raise funds for Meningitis Now)
Stableford Bowmaker competition for teams of 4 players with an entry fee of £40 per team. ( £20 per team for Woodbridge Park members )
Mixed teams may enter with members @ £5 and non-members @ £10
To enter just add your name to the list in the clubhouse or give the club a call on 01666 510277
Prizes for individual winner, nearest the pin, longest drive and more.
Any donations of further prizes will be greatly appreciated and can be left with the bar staff at the club.
After the golf a BBQ will be running through till late afternoon with music playing in the background.
Make a day of it and bring family and friends.
The first tee time will be at 8:28am and tee-times will be allocated no later than Thursday 16th July
Looking forward to seeing you all there on the day.
Woodbridge Park Golf Club Captain 2015-2016
Captain’s Charity 2014-2015
An important and traditional role of the Club Captain is a charitable one, raising funds for their chosen Charities. Past Captains have raised thousands of pounds over the years for many varied and worthwhile charities.
This posed my first dilemma of choosing which Charity to support. Firstly I wanted to support a local rather than a national charity and something that is close to my heart and roots, that is the environment and wildlife.
I am therefore very pleased to announce that with your support my chosen charity for the coming year is The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
The Trust was formed in 1962 out of concern for a colony of purple emperor butterflies in Blackmoor Copse near Farley in south Wiltshire. Thanks to the vision and passion of seven founding members, the copse is now owned and protected by the Trust.
Te purple emperor butterfly still thrives there together with another eight butterfly species which are rare or extinct in other parts of the country.Today The Trust is the only organisation concerned with all aspects of the environment in Wiltshire.
They own or manage 37 nature reserves across the county including 19 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and 5 Special Areas of Conservation which are so rare that they are also protected by European Law. Here at Brinkworth, we have six of these wonderful reserves right on our doorstep including ancient woodland and magnificent meadows.Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s vision is a Wiltshire of living landscapes, full of wildlife, enjoyed and valued by everyone.
Their work will ensure the countryside and wildlife that we love today will be protected for us and future generations – a sustainable future for wildlife and people. We will also benefit, if there is interest from members and their families, from a private and free guided tour of The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust local nature reserve which is at Lower Moor Farm which is located between Minety and Kemble.
They will also throw in Tea and Biscuits!!! In due course I will canvas members to see if this is of interest and find out likely numbers.
We have had the captains bunker and the captains pond so for a change this year we will have the captains ditch!!!! A 50p “fine” for anyone going into the ditch on the first and the usual 50p for not getting past the ladies tee and ladies so as not to leave you out 50p if you don’t go more than 20 yards.
As Ladies are very honest they can confirm what 20 yards is. For those of you who would like a discount for the whole year just see me with a fiver for the charity box and that will get you out of jail free for the whole year.
The main fund raising event will be the Captains Charity day which will be on Saturday 19th July. This will be an exciting 4 man team event with prizes for the team, best individual and also numerous hole in one prizes. More details nearer the date but please put the 19th July in your diary and come along for a fun day.
I have booked fine weather.
Lastly a Captains job is made so much easier by the support and quality of the committee members which here, around me, is second to none.Thank you all, play well and above all enjoy your Golf.
Paul Tanner Club Captain 2014 – 2015
Captain’s Charity 2013 – 2014
My charity for the 2013-2014 season will be The Wiltshire Air Ambulance. (reg no 1144097)
The air ambulance needs nearly £2,000 a day — £700,000 a year
We all see the helicopter from time to time. Do you ever wonder where they are going?
They have a phrase’ THE GOLDEN HOUR’ which they can reach an incident in 11 minutes. This is imperative that the injured person can receives medical attention within this hour to limit minimizing life threatening injuries or possible death.
Nearly half the incident, the Air Ambulance attends is road traffic accidents on our county roads and motorways. Other situations cardiac arrests, horse riding accidents, work related injury, farm accidents, pediatric collapse and burns.
Since the launch of the Air Ambulance over 20 years ago, has been literally thousands of responses.
To which providing emergency medical assistance throughout the county.
I would like to give a big thank you to the Senior’s working party for repairing the 17th bunker. This has allowed me to nominate it as the Captains Charity Bunker with a of fine of 50p, for going in to it and 50p for not getting passed the ladies tees on any hole, The maximum fine! on any round will be £1.00
My main Charity Day will be on the Saturday 20th July with teams of four, the format will be arranged nearer the date. Also I will be having other smaller competitions including chipping, pitch & putt & so on. If anyone has any other ideas please inform me.
So please bring your friends and family along and have a great day.
I hope we have a great Golfing year, and I wish you all the best of luck in all Club Competitions and Matches. And also importantly lets all enjoy this wonderful game of Golf.
Finally I would just like to place on record what a great privilege it is to be Club Captain of Woodbridge Park Golf Club.
Captain’s Charity 2012 – 2013
My choice for this years charity is the British Heart Foundation.
Heart disease is common in Britain, but through the British Heart Foundation treatment is becoming more advanced and we are all being educated to look after our heart. I see golf as the ideal sport to participate in and help to keep a healthy heart at the same time. People old and young can come together and compete and enjoy a round of golf in fantastic surroundings.
I am sure that we all know someone who has been affected by heart disease sadly some of them are not with us anymore. For me personally both my Father and Father-in-law have both suffered heart attacks.
Thankfully they both survived and they both had medical procedures that helped them regain their fitness. Without charities like the British Heart Foundation much of this research may never have been explored. With the advent of medical procedures and heart transplants now common place we have to provide more support for even more advancements and more lives to be saved.
The summer charity event will be held on the 23rd June 2012 where four person teams will pit their skill against each other. I hope to see you all there and welcome your support and ideas for the day.
I will of course be bringing back the old favorites such as the Captains pond on the 1st and 2nd hole. There will also be a men’s fine of 50 pence for failing to make the ladies tee. Ladies not to leave you out there will be a 50 pence fine for hitting the ball into a ditch less than 50 yards in front of you (you know where they are!)
I am looking forward to this year as your Captain at Woodbridge Park Golf Club so happy golfing and let us enjoy it as a successful club.
Matt Lewis Club Captain 2012-2013
Captain’s Charity 2011 – 2012
My choice of charity was Parkinson’sUK, to help support the local branch near Malmesbury. Parkinson’s is a condition which can affect anyone and can be debilitating, frustrating and worrying to the sufferers. But the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s can be so much better, thanks to the network of local groups, specialist nurses and support staff provided by Parkinson’sUK. Their work is totally dependent on donations and charity events to fund this support and research to find a cure, and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s
My main Charity Event was held on Friday 15th July, when teams of 4 were invited to take part in a Progressive Bowmaker competition in support of Parkinson’sUK. This was very well supported by our Club members, and raised £572 on the day
However, this was a year-long challenge, and smaller events to raise funds started on 2nd April with the captain’s drive-in, when everyone was invited to guess the length of drive for each of this year’s captains – Club, Seniors and Ladies. And throughout the year “voluntary” contributions were made by players hitting their ball into the Captain’s Pond” on the 1st, with a 50p fine for finding the water from the 1st, and a £1 donation if they managed to hook (or slice) their drive into the pond from the 2nd.
Woodbridge Park Golf Club has an excellent record in supporting various charities, and this year has been no exception, with members continuing the generous tradition of taking part in support of a good cause. To date we have raised over £1100, which has been passed on to the Malmesbury branch of ParkinsonsUK.
David Langley-Hobbs Club Captain 2011- 2012