News From The Seniors - August 2021

Approaching the end of the season now with one Seniors’ Competition and 3 matches left at the time of writing. If you haven’t yet represented the Club in a Seniors Match against other local clubs, please take the opportunity to put your name down on one of the lists. Watch out on the Seniors Notice Board for future announcements.

What seemed li/ke an exclusive group of 24 enjoyed the hospitality of Carus Green Golf Club, near Kendal, for the Seniors Away Day. Despite rain on the coach trip north, wall to wall sunshine during the 18 hole competition was also enjoyed on what everyone thought a beautiful course. The eventual winner of the Bill Newlove Trophy was Mick Boden winning the card play-off with Tim Handford. The putting competition was a three-way tie between Mick Boden, again, Ted Robertson and Paul Thornton. Next year we will be playing at Haydock Park Golf Club

We now turn our attention to the closed season and the Winter Programme. The 9 hole Seniors Competition is set to return again on 5th October, including the possibility of winning the Freda Newlove Trophy and Prize for the 4 best cumulative scores from the 6 competitions up to and including March next year. Please see the Fixture List on this website for the dates (as above).

A full programme of speakers has also now been arranged for our Seniors Lunches and, again the details of these can be found below. A lot of effort goes in to preparing for these talks especially by those of our members willing to ‘volunteer’! I do hope that as many of you as possible will show your support for these efforts by attending and then join us after for lunch just to ensure the social side of our activities continue throughout the colder winter months. Please remember, guests are also welcome!

Anyone reading this who is eligible and not a Seniors Section Member, please contact me on how to join as new members are always most welcome and we make it as easy as possible for you to do so!

Enjoy what remains of the season!

Winter Programme 2021 – 2022

12.10.21 Peter Pennington – The Black & White Minstrel Show

16.11.21 Cyril Hill – My Philatelic Life

14.12.21 Eric Lupton: Musical, Sporting & General Knowledge Quiz + Christmas Lunch

18.1.22 Annual Review Meeting

15.2.22 Victor Crawford – Amazing Women Pilots

15.3.22 Barbara Turner – Famous Old Saleans

Annual Review 2020

1. Membership

Despite the year we have had with the effects of Covid-19 on our ability to play golf, membership held up with 129 members at the end of the year

2. Accounts

A copy of these are now available from which you will note the absence of any accounts for the Away Day. Carus Green near Kendal was booked and was postponed until 10th August 2021. Please note in your diaries!

In accordance with our normal custom we have been pleased to be able to allocate £350 as a donation to the club to assist towards the purchase of a much needed computer for the Club Secretary’s Office. My thanks to Bob Lee for all his diligent work as Treasurer.

These accounts have been audited and our thanks to Gordon Chapman for doing this. Unless we have objection, these accounts will be taken as read. Thank you

3. Matches and Competitions

This won’t take long! All matches with local clubs were cancelled despite some of our opponents holding out for some time before accepting the inevitable – more in hope than realistic analysis.

All main Seniors Club competitions were cancelled given the closure for most of the year of the clubhouse and unavailability of Catering facilities. After the course was reopened, following the first lockdown, we did manage to play 5 18 hole competitions the winners being Alan Booth, Jim Reynolds, Captain Gary Denman, Billy Snape & Colin Mitchell. Runners up were; Peter Mosley, Billy Snape, Jim Reynolds, Captain Gary Denman & Paul Randall.

Despite adverse weather conditions impacting on the course, we did manage to play 5 9 hole comps (the first one being an 18 hole comp, reduced to 9 holes only, due to the Covid-19 restrictions) - the winners being; Tim Handford, Roy Hill, Billy Snape, Jim Reynolds and Martin Lupton! Runners up were Jackie Mitchell, Malcolm Aldred Peter Mosley, Brian Jones & Captain Gary Denman.

Some recurring names there; Billy Snape & Jim Reynolds to name just two plus the Skipper’s golf must have benefited during his year of office given his performance?

Pleased also to see some new names there too! Congratulations to all! Fixture List for next year is now available. Let’s hope for a more normal year? My thanks to Peter Mosley for all his efforts in arranging the Fixtures

4. Winter Programme 2020/2021

Due to restrictions, the programme was cancelled but I am pleased to confirm that all speakers agreed to their talks being postponed to the next close season

5. Committee

Once again sincere thanks to all the members of the Committee for their hard work during the year, Ken Wilkes included who didn’t get a specific mention earlier, and I am very pleased to confirm they have all agreed, myself included, to stand for a further year. Being unable to request a vote, perhaps anyone who objects would write direct to me, otherwise, I will take it as a motion to reappoint us all is passed!

Once again, thank you to our Section members for all the support throughout what has been a very difficult year

Martin S Lupton




The winner of the Freda Newlove Trophy for the Best 4 out of 5 cumulative scores in the Winter 9 Hole Competition was Jim Young (see separate photo – taken within the current social distancing rules!) Well done Jimmy for a consistent performance throughout. Unfortunately, it may be some time for him to be able to enjoy his prize – Champagne Afternoon Tea in Cloud 23 in the Beetham Tower/Hilton Hotel. I am sure it will be all the better for the waiting?!

In the meantime thank you to all for your continued support of this competition during the close season. We had some very good fields for the 9 hole competitions; better luck next time! Given the very wet weather, we were quite lucky that only one of the comps had to be cancelled!

Thank you also for all the support for the monthly lunchtime talks. Our apologies to all those disappointed that the March talk scheduled to be given by Cyril Hill had to be cancelled, not least to Cyril for all his hard work! We will do our best to reschedule in the future.

Normally, at this time of year, our attention would be turning to the start of the season, the traditional ‘curtain raiser’ being the Away match at Hale. This was called off quite quickly and this reiterated the need for the Seniors Committee to review our strategy for the year and, even before the current lock down and based upon the social distancing rules newly introduced at the time of our meeting, it was unanimously agreed to cancel all the Seniors’ Fixtures for the foreseeable future. Since then, of course, the Golf Course has had to be closed with no clear idea when such measures will be lifted.

Some of our long-standing supporters from other golf clubs had already reserved their places for the Ashton on Mersey Seniors Open. This, of course, is another casualty of the virus restrictions. We have offered them the opportunity to have their entries transferred to the fixture provisionally earmarked for 7th June 2021. Whilst we do like to be organised, this could prove to be the most advanced forward planning ever experienced?!!

Although the Seniors Away Day scheduled for 11th August at Carus Green Golf Club has not yet been cancelled, in all likelihood, it is unlikely to proceed but agreement has already been reached with the venue, should it prove necessary, to roll over to 2021 and this will be confirmed to you all at a future date.

If there should be any other developments involving the Seniors, we will of course arrange for these to be communicated to you in the usual way or via this newsletter. In the meantime it just remains for me, on behalf of the Seniors Committee, to wish you all well, stay safe and we very much look forward to meeting you on the course when circumstances permit.

Take Care!

Martin Lupton

Section Secretary/Organiser

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