Away Days (Autumn & Spring)

Winter (Spring) Away Day 2019 – Mill Green Golf Club

On a dry, but chilly day, twenty one Venerables assembled at Mill Green Golf Club to participate in our Spring Away Day, playing for the Winter Stableford Trophy. Unfortunately, due to the course being a tad moist, with a consequent buggy ban on the back 9 holes, our 4 buggy boys had to play the front 9 twice which excluded them from participating in playing for the trophy. However, good food, good company and a good time was had by all.

For the 17 that did play for the trophy the results are indicated below.


Master Of Ceremonies Bernard reading out the pairings, then its off we go!


On the course


Back in the clubhouse, oh what might have been!


Ahh Bernard about to read out the days results


Below picture:

Tony presenting nearest the pin to Steve King, and nearest the pin in two was Andrew Wyatt.


For the trophy:

Tony presenting 2nd & 3rd places

In third place ocb with 31 points, Dave Watts

In second place with 34 points David Baker





Autumn Away Day 2018

On a misty, murky morning 19 Venerables set off to play for the Summer Stableford Trophy at Ely City Golf Club (Autumn Away Day)

Fortunately, we only had to play a few holes in the murk before we were treated to some warm sunshine. There were some mixed fortunes on the day on a golf course in excellent condition. This was followed by a very enjoyable meal with some great company.

Thanks to Alan for making all the arrangements with the lovely Gracie, Andrew Wyatt for photography, Richard for organising the draw, but especially to Bernard, our host for the day.

Bernard giving out the teams and playing order.


The Course


A little practice before the off


Off we go


Relaxing after a hard days golf

Great food – Steak Pie with Seasonal Vegetables Followed By Apple Pie & Custard Yum Yum!


The results were:

Nearest the pin competitions went to Richard Gardner and Tom Woods


For the Trophy,

in 3rd place with 29 points was Dave Sephton

in 2nd place with 30 points Tony Leigh

but the winner of the Summer Stableford Trophy with 31 points was Graham Handscombe


Winter Stableford (Spring Away Day) 2018

Letchworth Golf Club Away Day 2018 – 14 Venerables braved the very breezy and wet conditions conditions to play for the Winter Stableford John Owen Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Spring Away Day.

After an excellent Bacon Roll & Coffee we set off to play in slightly breezy and wet conditions due to many days of  rain before our event. Afterwards we had an excellent lunch of Steak Pie, Roast Potatoes, Peas & Carrots followed by everybody’s favourite Apple Crumble and Custard.

Thanks to Merv, Alan and Bernard for the cards, and for organising a wonderful days golf, and to captain Tony for entertaining us whilst giving out the days prizes.

In the clubhouse
Merv reading the pairings and playing order
On the course
Après Golf
Merv & Bernard sorting the days results
Below Tony presenting Nearest Pin in Two on the 9th to Barry Carse

and Nearest Pin on the 17th to Dave Watts

Below Tony presenting 3rd place to Richard Gardner with 24 pts
2nd place to David Baker 29 pts
 Winner Dave Sephton 30 pts and winner of The John Owen Trophy

Winter Stableford 2017 (Spring Away Day – Pidley)

PIDLEY AWAY DAY AT LAKESIDE LODGE 26 Venerables braved the very windy conditions at Lakeside Lodge Pidley to play for the Winter Stableford – John Owen Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Spring Away Day. After an excellent reception of Bacon rolls and coffee we set off to play as best we could in windy nay very windy conditions. After golf we had an excellent meal of Brisket, Yorkshire Pudding and Veg followed by Rhubarb Crumble with lashings of Custard, oh and a little ‘red’. Thanks to Bernard for the score cards, and for Dave Watts’s excellent entertainment.

Winter Stableford Trophy. Clock wise from top: Winner Dave Sephton with 33 points

Second Alan Blower with 31 points.Third Barry Carse with 30 points.

 Left Nearest the Pin –  Tony Leigh.  

Right: Nearest the Pin in two, tied – Dave Watts and Peter Robbins.



Good golf and good nosh – that’s what Away Days are all about, and, of course, playing for the Winter Stableford Trophy. This year John Searle won the coveted cup. Thanks to Bernard Brown for organising the competition (in place of Merv Cooke who was away chasing tigers in India), to Alan Parkes for organising the away day, to Richard Gardner for his first captaincy stint and to Andrew Wyatt and Mickey Breedon for the photos







Top row: Winter Stableford Trophy winner, John Searle with 39 points. Second, but sadly no photo, Colin Edge with 34 ocb. Third Tony Edge with 34 ocb. Bottom row: nearest the pin Dave Sephton and nearest the pin in 2, Tom Woods.



Top row: Dave Sephton presents Richard Gardner with the Ven’s Captain jumper. Bottom right: Richard Gardner gives his after lunch talk while his vice captain nods off. Bottom left: two happy laddies.


Elton Furze Away Day – 12 Venerables braved the very breezy conditions to play for the Summer Stableford Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Autumn Away Day.

After an excellent Bacon Roll & Coffee we set off to play the breezy conditions. Afterwards we had an excellent lunch of Steak & Ale Pie, Chips & Pees followed by an enormous portion of Sticky Toffee Pudding with Lashings of Custard.

Thanks to Merv and Alan for the cards, and organising a wonderful days golf, and to captain Dave for entertaining us giving out the days prizes.

In The Clubhouse

Below Dave Watts giving out the days prizes to the winners

Top left – Winner David Baker with an excellent 38 pts. Top right – 2nd David Sephton 31 pts

Bottom left – 3rd Steve Truckle with 27 pts – Bottom right – Steve King Nearest The Pin in 2.

David Baker with trophy and winners wine

Dave Watts giving thanks to his subjects and wishing all a safe journey home