Monthly Archives: May 2013

First Team win, Ladies’ Invitation & Pat Holloway Trophy

High flying Burghley Park Golf Club visited Greetham Valley on Saturday, keen to extend the good form they have shown so far this season. With many of Greetham Valley’s First Team away or unavailable, the visitors could sense a victory was on the cards. However, after inflicting a whitewash upon Gedney Hill last time out, Captain Neil Harris had assembled a side determined to prove their worth. Chris Steele and debutant Steve Anderson battled hard to finish two up, this was quickly followed by an emphatic six and five win for Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson. Another epic tussle saw George Grant and second debutant Ben Easson finish all square after a tense final hole. Simon Bateman and yet another debutant Peter De Kremer failed to overpower the visitors and were defeated four and three. However, Captain Neil Harris and final debutant Tony Veasey reversed the previous score with a four and three win. With the league points already secured the final game with Fraser Denholm and Dean Greetham became academic and although they were all square through sixteen, the visitors managed to finish one up on the last hole. The result was a brilliant three and a half to two and a half win for the Greetham Valley  team.

Neil said “It was an important game for us and with so many regular players missing, we had to battle very hard. The core of the team were well supported by many new players making their first appearance for the First Team. I couldn’t have asked for any more from each and every one of them. A fantastic performance which we must use and build on for the remainder of the season, and with two away fixtures to follow, we will have to work hard for every point if we want to improve our league position.”

The Ladies’ Invitation this year was not blessed with the good weather normally associated with the middle of May. Instead of shorts and short sleeve shirts, hats, waterproofs and plenty of warm clothing underneath was the order of the day in an attempt to keep the very cold wind and rain at bay. As a consequence, the scoring was lower than it would normally be. The field consisted of forty four Ladies from twenty different golf clubs; this included three former Lady members who had moved to other clubs over the years. Rena Lister and one of these returnees, Sarah Whitworth came third with thirty one points. Pat Jamieson and another former member Kay Ropson, who was a very successful member of the Ladies’ Greetham Valley League team last year, came second with thirty five points. The winners were Jackie Friend and yet another former Greetham Valley Lady, Sheila Dugmore, they came in with a very credible score of thirty nine points.

A glass of Pimms was scheduled to be waiting for each competitor at the end of their round, however, Lady Captain Sheila Douty quickly changed that to a hot mulled wine to warm them up. It is the norm for competitors to comment favourably upon the courses at Greetham Valley but they all had extra praise for the quality of the greens set up by course manager Adi Porter and his team. Sheila Douty had another reason to thank Adi, she had forgotten to ask him to paint a line on the eleventh for the straightest drive but after a hasty call to Adi at ten thirty the night before, the line was in place by the time Sheila arrived to set up for the competition.

Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman didn’t take long to settle in after her recent holiday, she took the win in the Pat Holloway Trophy with a score of thirty six points and was cut to eleven. Second, on count back, was County player Emma Tipping who came in with thirty three points. Sue Clegg was pushed back into third but was very happy to be in the top three as she has only been playing for a short while.

Entertainment for your wedding at Greetham Valley

wedding partyWedding entertainment does not have to be all about the disco – why not do something a little different?

Depending on how you want the day to feel to your guests, you could have them arrive to the sounds of a classical guitarist, pianist or even a string quartet, or maybe whilst everyone is enjoying drinks on the patio and you are having your photos taken from just about every angle why not entertain them with guitara close up magician or a caricature artist? Having a giggle at other peoples’ pictures is a great way for your guests to break the ice!

Moving onto your wedding breakfast, why not make the background music more personal? We are happy to play some of your own CDs whilst everyone is eating, alternatively put together a playlist on iPod, casino roulettemp3 player or tablet which we can also play for you.

Going into the evening, you don’t have to stop at a disco! Many wedding bands will know or learn a special song or two for your big day, perhaps this could be for your first dance? And evening entertainment does not have to be all about music:  help the party along with a couple of hours of a fun casino or chocolate fountainlook after kids of all ages with a sweet table or chocolate fountain.

If you are just starting to consider your entertainment and not sure where to start looking, do let me know; I have an extensive list of contacts for all sorts of entertainment and ideas that I’ll be happy to pass on to you.

Wedding Fairs are also a brilliant font of ideas of themes for entertainment for your guests. CaricaturesThe next very popular Greetham Valley Wedding Fair is on Sunday 29 September – put it in your diary now!

The above ideas are just a few things we have had going on at weddings at Greetham Valley in the past and we have many new ideas coming our way this year, which I will tell you about as they happen so as not to ruin the surprises that lay ahead for our brides, grooms and their guests!

A run of victories in competitions and team matches

Ford dealers Colin Easson Motors in Cottesmore near Oakham are Greetham Valley’s longest running sponsor and have been sponsoring a trophy competition right from the birth of the club. The support for the club was started by the firm’s patriarch Colin Easson and has been carried on by his son Roly and family for the past few years. Greetham Valley Managing Director Robert Hinch said “We are proud to have been associated with such a strong and prestigious local company for the past twenty one years”. Colin has been taken ill recently and everybody at the club sends their good wishes for a speedy recovery.

In the Men’s competition for the Colin Easson Trophy, Adam Smith overcame the cold and extremely high winds, with gusts of up to sixty miles an hour, to take the win with a gutsy thirty eight points on the Lakes course. Adam, off twenty three, said that it was a very tough game but he was overjoyed if somewhat surprised to have won it, even with the conditions he didn’t think that his score would stand up. The next target for Adam is the 19-28 Handicap Championship this weekend, last year’s winner James Ablett, a close friend of Adam’s, will no doubt be trying hard to win it again.

Second and third were settled on count back after four people came in with thirty seven points. Nine handicapper Dean Wilkinson took second place, Fraser Denholm off six was third. Peter Key and Kevin Daff were pushed back into fourth and fifth respectively.

The Second Team were in action at home against a strong team from Boston Golf Club on the Lakes course. Simon Bateman and Pete Dickinson took the first game by five and four, Team Captain Alan Bennett and Stef Dutton also won the second game out one up. Neil Crees and Peter De Kremer won the third game by two and one which meant that the Greetham Valley team needed just a half from the remaining three games to register a win. In the fourth game George Grant and Ben Easson lost three and two but the remaining two pairs, Tony Mould and Paul Jenkinson, who won four and three and Steve Anderson and Carl Causbrook, who won one up gave the home team a great five games to one win. Alan Bennett said that the team worked very hard for each other and gave them a good base to work from for the rest of the season.

Men’s Captain Trevor Smith had to work hard to win the Midweek Stableford on the Lakes course. The top three all came in with the same score of thirty six points and were separated on count back. Trevor took the win, four handicapper Nick Cunnington was second and scratch player Jordan Burdall was third.

Trevor Smith was the star of the show again just a few days later in the May Weekend Medal. Playing off two in division one, he shot a gross seventy to win the medal and the lowest gross. Trevor said that he was very pleased with the way that he played and was over the moon to be cut to one. Six handicapper Chris Steele was cut to five after taking second place with a gross seventy seven.

Three players came in with a net score of seventy two and were separated on count back. Nine handicapper Steve Anderson took third from Peter Ryan off thirteen and Elliot Clark off twelve was pushed back into fifth.

In division two Dave Smith off twenty was cut to nineteen after winning the division with a net seventy one. Ken Mason was second with a seventy two, he was cut to twenty two while Steve Sharples who won the lowest gross lost out on count back and was placed third.

In the Ladies Medal, scratch player Sophie Beardsall was once again the class of the field taking the medal and the lowest gross with a sparkling seventy four. Twenty seven handicapper Fay Taylor took second place with a net seventy six and Amanda Cassie was third with a seventy seven.

The B Team were in action away to Burghley Park at the weekend led by Men’s Vice Captain Shaun Denholm. After the first six games Burghley Park had the upper hand having won four games and a half to Greetham Valley’s one and a half. Burghley looked good for the win needing just one of the final four games to go their way. Alan Bennett and Mike Watkins won the next game for Greetham Valley three and two to put that thought on hold. Fred Aspin and David Aldred were the next pairing in for Greetham, they won three and one. Wayne Terrett and Keith Heppenstall won their game four and three; this meant that the overall match was level at four and a half games each.

It all now depended upon the last game out on the course which two former Captains, Jim Wheeler and Geoff Woolley won one up to give the Greetham Valley team a fantastic victory after a great fight back. Team Captain Shaun said that waiting for the results to come in was almost as hard as actually playing the game. He went on to praise the spirit of his team and thanked them for a great result.

On the same day, the Mixed Team led by Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman struggled to find a team to play Melton Mowbray at home as ten pairs were at Burghley Park in the B team match and six pairs were playing for the first team. Bev needed eight pairs, she was helped out by Captain Trevor Smith who called up a few players who were new to mixed team golf to help out. They won the match with a comfortable four and a half to three and a half. Bev said that the new players had enjoyed the game so much that they said they would be very happy to help out again.

The First Team were also at home this weekend, they entertained Gedney Hill and were keen to avenge the defeat experienced when they played them away just last week. Jordan Burdall and Chris Steele set the team on their way with a comfortable four and three win,  Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson followed suit with a hard fought two and one win.

Fraser Denholm and Richard Wilson soon took the team to the half way mark by demolishing their opposition seven and five. Greetham Valley needed just the half to complete the win but the team were in no mood to let up the pressure. Adam Clegg and Ray Gladwinfield continued the team’s good form with a four and two victory to win the match but there was more to come. Trevor Smith and Bob Green won their game four and three, Paul Clegg and Scotty Stephenson also won by the same score to complete a fantastic clean sweep.

 Greetham Valley Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty say that they have only four places left for the Bank Holiday competition, sign up on the board or be disappointed!!

Sophie Beardsall strikes again – and again – and again!

Greetham Valley’s Sophie Beardsall has had a rather hectic eight or nine days. She and playing partner Sally Bowker were the stars of the field in the recent Coronation Foursomes competition which they won with a fantastic score of forty points. Sue Brand and Annie McCulloch were second with thirty two points. Jacky Bayley and Jackie Friend took third with twenty nine points.

A few days later, Sophie, off scratch, competed in the County Championships at Blankney Golf Club, winning her first game against Michelle Willerton two and one. In the quarter finals she was up against the number three seed, one of the County’s up and coming juniors, Billie Jo Smith from Woodhall Spa; again, Sophie won two and one. The semi finals saw some high quality golf in very tough, wet and windy conditions, Sophie was drawn against plus three handicapper Helen Hewlett from Seacroft golf club. The match was nip and tuck throughout and could only be settled on the eighteenth. Unfortunately, Sophie lost when her final putt lipped out.

While she was disappointed to have lost she took great comfort from taking Helen all the way and playing some great golf in very trying conditions. Helen went on to win in the final beating Holme Hall’s Emilee Taylor three and two. Sophie was very happy to find that she and fellow Greetham Valley member Emma Tipping, off two, have been picked once again to be part of the County team who in June, will play at Hawkestone Golf Club in Shropshire where they will try to regain the title that they lost in last year’s County finals. Greetham Valley and County girls’ Junior organiser Pat Jones, was praised by County Captain Cindy Ireland for the great work that she has put in with the County Girls over the past couple of years.

Sophie was back in action at the weekend playing in the Colin Easson Trophy. The competition was played on the Lakes course in extremely high winds. Wittering, which is only a few miles away as the golf ball flies, registered gusts up to 59 miles an hour. Playing at Blankney must have given Sophie a bit of practice but after a slight argument with a tree, unusually for her, she bogey’d the third. She put that behind her and followed it up with thirteen pars and two birdies to take the win with a splendid thirty seven points. Sue Brand was second with thirty six points and the ever improving Cathy Steele came in with thirty five points for third place.

The Seniors, who had beaten Thorney Lakes five and a half to two and a half away continued their winning ways in high winds at home on the Valley course with a five and a half to two and a half win. The Ladies had a tough match on the Lakes course against Stoke Rochford and went behind after the first game but managed to turn it around to halve the match.

The Ladies Midweek Medal was played on the Lakes course in what this year almost seems to be obligatory rough weather. Twenty five handicapper Rita Knapp seemed to take it all in her stride, winning with a nett seventy one. Gilly Grant off ten took second place and the lowest gross with a gross eighty three. Cathy Steele found herself in the top three again with a nett seventy four to take third.

Bob Beverley and Neil Harris won the Tudor Springs Foursomes, they came in with a net seventy one and will represent Greetham Valley in next yea’rs Mail on Sunday Foursomes competition. Brett Skerritt and Paul Childe-Freeman were second with a nett seventy three point five. Third place was taken by two seniors, John Taylor and Peter Wood, they came in with a seventy five.

Rutland Walking & Cycling Festival + accommodation offers!

Come to Rutland and enjoy the Active Rutland Walking and Cycling Festival from 18th May – 1st June 2013!

The Festival is a celebration of Rutland’s beautiful landscape and the many walks and cycle routes in and around Rutland. The walks and cycle rides are all led by qualified volunteer walk and bike leaders, making this festival free!

The first week of walking (18th-25th May) offers a variety of different length walks at different times and locations around Rutland. The second week (26th May – 1st June) will offer the 7 sections of the Rutland Round over those 7 days.

With two of the walks starting and finishing at Greetham Valley, it is the perfect excuse to pop in for some well-earned refreshments in our lounge bar!

Over the two weeks there will also be cycle rides to suit everyone, ranging from family to nature rides and even a led cycle ride around the whole of Rutland Water, including the Hambleton Peninsula. There really is something for everyone!

Rutland is the perfect place for walking, and has long attracted ramblers, who enjoy finding their way around the tiny villages, little known tracks and country lanes. As well as the popular Rutland Water there are many other footpaths covering varied terrain with several famous walking routes as well:

The Macmillan Way was originally developed to raise money for Cancer Research, and was opened as a fully signed and waymarked route in 1996. This route passes the south banks of Rutland Water.

The Viking Way winds its way southwards from the Humber Bridge, through the Lincolnshire Wolds and finishes in Oakham.

The Hereward Way follows a path through Rutland, passing through villages including Empingham, Whitwell and Barnsdale, before reaching Oakham.

The Jurassic Way follows the band of Jurassic Limestone that runs along the northern boundary of Northamptonshire, along the Oxford Canal, via Middleton Cheney and Woodford Halse to Braunston on the Grand Union Canal. Here it passes between Market Harborough and Corby, following the Welland Valley to Rockingham with its castle.

Full details of the free events can be found in the Active Rutland Walking and Cycling Brochure, click here for details. Why not make a ‘Staycation’ of it and enjoy accommodation at Greetham Valley? We are offering some great late deals on self-catering and B&B breaks during the festival, starting at just £15 per person per night!

Ken plays round of his life to win May Midweek Medal

Ken Mason, playing off twenty six had the game of his life in this month’s May Midweek Medal. Played on the par 68 Valley course in warm conditions, Ken played to twelve to shoot a gross eighty four, nett fifty eight to win the medal and, as a reward, had his handicap cut to twenty three.

Neil Chatterton off thirteen was cut to twelve after taking second place on count back from twenty three handicapper Simon Bell. Both players came in with a net sixty two which would normally be good enough to win. Neil was cut to twelve and Simon to twenty one. Jordan Burdall playing off scratch shot a fantastic sixty five to take the lowest gross.

The Seniors’ May qualifying stableford was also played on the Valley course but in cool and blustery conditions. Keith Heppenstall, taking time off from his acting commitments, took the win in division one with thirty seven points and was cut to seventeen. Second and third were settled on count back after two players came in with thirty four points, Ken Stewart off ten took second place ahead of seventeen handicapper Tim Lee.  

Mike Hooper off twenty four took the honours in division two, he also had thirty seven points. Peter Keast was second with thirty six points, Charles Guttridge took third place on count back from Dave Lucas after they both scored thirty five points.

Greetham Valley’s Mixed Team entertained Stoke Rochford on the Lakes Course. Men’s Captain Trevor Smith and Ladies Captain Sheila Douty had a comprehensive win in the first game winning five and four. President Martin Boughton and Rena Lister lost their game two down to level the match for the visitors, this didn’t last for long however as Bill Skinner and Jackie Friend came in as three and one winners. The visitors struck back to win the next game and to level the match once again when Vice Captain Shaun Denholm and Chris Edwards lost five and four.

The game tilted back in favour of the home team after Fred Aspin and Angela Wheeler won what was quite a fractious game two and one. The result of the match now depended upon the final game out on the course. This was a very close game and went all the way to the last green but Jim Wheeler and Beryl Crosland took it with a winning putt to win one up. The result was a win by four to two for the Greetham Valley team.

Motown Tribute Night ticket prizewinners announced!

Prizewinners from Morton are delighted to have won two tickets to the next Greetham Valley Great Night Out – Motown Tribute Night on Friday 5th July!

Stuart and Kathy Dodds were guests at Greetham Valley’s 21st Birthday Party in April, where everyone was offered the opportunity to provide their email addresses in exchange for a chance to win the prize.  They said they were delighted to have won as they had already planned to book tickets, which are worth £22.50 each.

Tickets for the event are already selling well – a third of the tables are already fully booked, with two more months to go. This promises to be an excellent, entertaining evening, so don’t miss out – reserve your tickets now!!

Wedding photographer – choosing the right one is vital!

Mitch BardwellOne thing that needs a lot of consideration for your wedding is your photos – and choosing the right photographer is vital! 

When choosing your photographer, not only do you need to admire their work but you also need to ‘click’ with them; after all they will be a big part of your wedding day and may be with you from before you say ‘I do’ ’til well into the evening!

You may think that there are only so many different ways to take a photo but you would be wrong. We have a wide variety of photographers come to Greetham Valley who all put their own spin on our couples’ big day pictures! If you have been to Greetham Valley you will know that we have some excellent photo opportunities: one that is by far the favourite is when we take the Bride and Groom out on our wedding buggy to an attractive lake on one of the scenic golf courses.

It is worth making a short list of any group photos that you may want on the day, but don’t go mad as you do not want to keep your guests standing around for too long. We find that an hour for photos, drinks and maybe canapés is long enough to get the shots you want without guests beginning to get restless (or tipsy!). 

Be sure to meet with and look through your potential photographer’s previous wedding shoots  (a good time for this is at our twice yearly in-house wedding fairs – the next one is on Sunday 29th September 2013) before paying any deposits and signing on the dotted line. Why not take a look at our online bridal gallery to see what some photographers tend to do when visiting Greetham Valley?
Greetham Brides Gallery