Strawberry Hill Golf Club

Issue 21, Spring, 2008
The course is in excellent condition at the moment and we would like to thank our green keeper Glen and his new assistant Brian for all their hard work to keep the course in such good shape. We would also like to thank the Ladies (particularly Jane Kerr and Yvonne Ghadiali) for their work on the flowering tubs and window boxes.

A very successful Burns Night celebration was held on Friday, 25th January, attended by 70 members and their guests. Traditional fare was served haggis, neeps and tatties, roast beef and all the trimmings, followed by a Scottish trifle. The haggis was carried in by our caterer Adrian accompanied on the bagpipes by Dorrie Dempsey’s brother Hamish. The evening’s proceedings were chaired by Donald Kerr, Bill Henderson did the

The number of new members joining continues to be very encouraging and we are in a better position at this stage than in the last few years. However we still need to increase our recruitment efforts now the new season is approaching. We would like to say thank you to all those who have introduced new members and hope that all members will continue to encourage anyone who might be interested by bringing them along and letting them see what a friendly club we are. Please could all members welcome newcomers and visitors and help them enjoy our facilities. We are planning to hold another Open Day at the Club on the May Day Bank Holiday, Monday, 5th May to which visitors and potential new members will be invited. We would also appreciate help from current members on the day.

On Sunday, 16th December the Club held its annual children’s Christmas Party. Over 20 children attended

address to the haggis, Andrew Gordon paid tribute to the Immortal Memory, Donald Kerr toasted the lassies and the Lady Captain, Ann O’Connell, replied on the lassies’ behalf. During the evening we were also entertained by a couple of poems recited by Iris Allan.

The quiz night held on 1st February was very well attended (11 teams) and thanks are due to our bar steward David for acting as Quizmaster on the night.

and were well entertained by Jeffo the Clown. There were balloons galore, party food and even a visit from Father Christmas!

Work off those Easter Eggs and come down to the Club on Easter Monday, 24th March, for an 18 hole Fun Texas Scramble. If you would like to play, please make up your teams of three or four (men, ladies, juniors or mixed) and sign your names on the list in the Spikes Bar.

The winning team was Richard, Sarah and James Walsh together with Mark Roberts.

The 4th tee should be completed by the middle of March with full use available by mid April The bunker on the 7th should also be completed by the end of March. Further work has been agreed to the two bunkers on 4th hole just before the brook. The sand will be sieved to remove the stones and extra sand added. It is hoped that this will be completed before mid April. Our green keeper Glen will provide quotes from external specialist contractors for doing additional bunkers and levelling of tees. This work will be carried out after the summer playing season and a detailed plan will be drawn up showing which bunkers and tees will be done first.

On 12th March Aggie Geary will leave the Club to return back home to Ireland. Aggie has been a loyal member of Strawberry Hill Golf Club for 25 years and will be sorely missed. The ladies organised an ‘Aggie’s Day’ for her on 14th February and this was attended by about 40 ladies who also presented her with a card and present.

The five day section organised a very successful bring and win competition on 3rd December to which they also invited the ladies. Everyone brought a prize along and then these were distributed in the order of the winning Stableford scores.

The juniors will continue to take part in the Kingston League and we wish them the best of luck for the new season. We urgently need help with the juniors, playing golf with them, helping with the organisation and providing transport for matches. If anyone would be able to spare some time and would like to help, could you please contact Neil Sandford on 020-8943-3784.

The overall winner was Keith Fry who chose the bottle of Teachers whisky! The 5 day social lunches are continuing and further lunches are planned for the 19th March and the 16th April (not in diary). All members and guests are invited to attend and should sign the list on the 5 day notice board on the stairs.


These nine hole Stableford competitions are due to start again on Friday, 25th April, so why not come down (whatever your standard!) for a relaxed friendly game. There is no need to have a partner - just roll up between 5 and 5.45pm. After the golf we will all meet in the bar for food and drinks. Adrian will be providing a fish and chips supper so if you would like to eat could you please look out for the list on the board by the main bar and sign your names. Please do come along and join us even if you don’t want to play golf (or if it’s pouring with rain!). The dates for the rest of 2008 are all shown in the diary.

All the sections held their Christmas lunches during December and Adrian provided some excellent festive fare.

Adrian’s Sunday lunches are proving to be very popular and after the success of the Mothers Day lunch on 2nd March he is now planning to hold a lunch on Easter Sunday and on the 6th and 27th April. The menu consists of a selection of starters, traditional roast of beef or pork, followed by a selection of desserts. The cost is £14 (£10 for children under 12). If you would like to attend any of these lunches please see Adrian or the kitchen staff or ring them on 020-8894-1246.

At some of the lunches carol singing took place led by Richard Walsh and accompanied by Liz Woodbridge.

If any of you have any contributions or suggestions for the next newsletter (due out on 1st June) could you please contact Margaret Bedford (020-8940-5044 or e-mail

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