Monthly Archives: September 2013

Greetham Valley’s successful Autumn Wedding Fair

Lily King, superb wedding venue dressing - and what a fabulous backdrop!We really enjoyed hosting our Wedding Fair at Greetham Valley Hotel in Rutland yesterday – and we hope all the lovely couples browsing among all the exhibitors did too! There was so much to see – the stands were an absolute riot of colour and the atmosphere had a lovely gentle buzz all day.

All our bridal goody bags were claimed – so that was definitely 100 brides-to-be and their intended who brought along mums and dads plus potential best men and bridesmaids!

Beautiful, beautiful flower arrangements....

We now have lots of  personal show arounds and appointments arranged over the next few weeks and one bride booked Greetham Valley for 2015 as her wedding venue there and then as soon as she saw the Rutland Suite and it’s gorgeous view. She and her fiancé spent some time sitting out on the sunny balcony with a bottle of chilled wine, enjoying the view…..

Discussing Normanton Church, a lovely civil ceremony venue option

She is currently umming and aaahhing about whether to choose Normanton Church as her civil ceremony venue, with a trip back across Rutland Water on the Rutland Belle accompanied by her guests afterwards, with a red double decker bus to provide the transport to Greetham Valley…. decisions, decisions!!

James and his JH Roadshow - superb evening entertainment!

The exhibitors seemed very happy with the level of interest that their beautiful displays were creating, with most of them reporting bookings and appointments made at the Wedding Fair for the coming weeks. They are also looking forward to Greetham Valley’s next Wedding Fair, which will be on Sunday 23rd February 2014 – and yes, that date will come around very quickly – put it in your diary!
Flowers and photos....Wedding cars galore!!

Wedding Menu Taster Evening at Greetham Valley

wedding heart cheesecakesFollowing the success of our first Wedding Menu Taster Evening last Spring, we are looking forward to our next Taster Evening on Thursday 10th October 2013. Many of our Brides and Grooms for the next year have already booked their tables – have you booked yours?

Whether you are still pondering over choices for your wedding breakfast or just looking for an excuse for a night of fine dining and talking weddings, our wedding menu taster evening is an excellent way to experience the first class food and service Greetham Valley offers. Myself and our events team will be on hand throughout the evening to answer any questions you may think of.

guitarOn the night you will be welcomed on arrival with a glass of sparkling wine and canapés before moving through to our Lakeview Suite, decorated by local wedding suppliers, for a delicious three course meal complemented by the sounds of Nigel from Beautiful Background Guitar. The menu will feature our most popular wedding dishes for you to choose from on the night.
Mitch Bardwell

The cost for this special evening is just £20 per person and Brides and Grooms are very welcome to invite along their parents, bridesmaids, best men etc to enjoy the evening. If you would like to book a table, please email me, phone me on 01780 460444 or speak with us at our Wedding Fair this coming Sunday 29th September. We look forward to welcoming you!
Mitch Bardwell, Wedding Co-ordinator

September midweek medal results

Jordan BurdallJordan Burdall celebrated being cut to plus two by winning the September Midweek Medal in style. With five birdies and six pars after the first eleven holes Jordan could be forgiven for thinking that he had a chance to break the course record of 65 that he set just a few weeks ago. However, this was spoiled by a rare error on the par 3 12th hole: Jordan lost his ball and ended up with a double bogie and no score for the hole, tough for mere mortals but for a plus two handicapper this could have been disastrous. He bounced back immediately with three pars and two more birdies to close with 39 points and a gross score of 68. Jordan said that he was annoyed with himself for the silly mistake on the 12th but overall was very pleased with his course management. Andy Hardy off eleven was second with 38 points. Third and fourth were settled on count back, Tim Brown was third and Jordan’s father Kevin was pushed back into fourth, both came in with 37 points. Jordan and every other contestant will be trying to win the last big trophy of the year this coming weekend – the Sturgess Volvo competition was cancelled due to heavy rain, thunder and lightning earlier in the year.

Liz Haughton got off to a bad start in the Ladies September Midweek Medal with a double bogie on the first hole of the Lakes course. Liz, playing off ten, bounced back by parring the next two holes. Like Jordan, Liz was also attacked by the tough 12th hole, she also registered a no score but kept grinding to win the competition. Liz said that it was an up and down round but enjoyable because she kept concentrating and didn’t let the small errors knock her off course. Sue Findlay was second and seventeen handicapper Eve Mills was third.

Greetham Valley Seniors “entertained” Scraptoft Seniors on the Lakes course in a match that had been postponed because of heavy rain earlier in the year. Eighty five year old George Cooper, playing with stand-in Captain David Wallace, amazed everybody by shooting a gross 84, one under his age. David, who is no slouch as a golfer himself, said that considering his age, George’s round was one of the best display of seniors’ golf he has ever seen. He went on to say that it was not only a pleasure to witness it, but it made their game a lot easier to win. Several other players were on form on the day as Greetham Valley went on to win by seven games to one. Just a few days earlier, Captain Neil Sellars and his C team beat the Scraptoft Rabbits team five and a half to two and half on the Lakes course. Neil will take his boys a few miles up the A1 this week for their final game of the season away to Belton Park. 

Job vacancies in September at Greetham Valley – updated

Part Time Food & Beverage Assistant
This position provides direct support to the Food & Beverage Department in all aspects related to the day to day food and beverage operations. Working a minimum 16 hours per week the successful candidate will display excellent product and service standards, as well as consistency of delivery and a high attention to detail.

You will also be required to work both on your own initiative and as part of a team.  Some experience preferred although not essential as full training will be given. Flexibility is essential as working hours will include weekends and evenings with shift patterns to suit the needs of the business. Own car essential.

All applications to Sharon Walpole by Monday 30 September 2013
Email:   Tel: 01780 460444


Temporary Food & Beverage Assistants
We also have vacancies for Temporary Food & Beverage Assistants to work flexible shifts to include evenings and weekends in our busy lounge bar, hotel and restaurants. Bar experience preferred although not essential as training will be given.

All applications to Sharon Walpole please
Email:   Tel: 01780 460444


Temporary Housekeepers
We have vacancies for Temporary Housekeepers to work in the Housekeeping Department.  Hours will be flexible, as required to meet the needs of the business. Weekend work required. You will support the Head Housekeeper in ensuring the finest attention to detail in relation to the daily cleanliness standards of the 35 bedrooms at Greetham Valley, as well as our 8 Rutland Lodges, holiday cottage, Lounge Bar, conference and function rooms and all public areas.

These positions would suit students looking for temporary work. Meals on duty.

All applications to Sharon Walpole by Monday 30 September 2013
Email:   Tel: 01780 460444


Deputy Head Chef
We currently have a job vacancy for a Deputy Head Chef. Reporting to the Head Chef, overall responsibility will be to lead a highly successful team, ensuring the highest quality of product and service delivery at all times. Working with the Head Chef to plan, organise, direct and control day-to-day running of the entire main kitchen, ensuring a consistent and passionate high standard of product and service.

The successful candidate will have good attention to detail and be motivated towards continual improvement. In accordance with the needs of the business you will be running the kitchen when the head chef is on days off or holiday. You will be required to work shift patterns to ensure you are on duty supervising, training and motivating the team as required.

You will be required to work 5 days out of seven on a rota basis and a minimum of 40 hours per week but it must be recognised that hours worked will be as required to meet the needs of the business.

All applications to Sharon Walpole by Friday 27 September 2013
Email:   Tel: 01780 460444

Sharon Walpole
HR Manager
Greetham Valley
Wood Lane
LE15 7SN

Captains’ Charity Fund and Knockout competition results

Graham KingsparkeThe Club Captains’ Charity Fund Day is a stableford competition, played on the Lakes course. As the name suggests, the day also helps to raise funds for the Captains’ Charity, which this year is the Peterborough Neonatal Unit. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty said that the generosity and support from the members in these cash strapped times has been fantastic and they raised almost £400 on the day. The President’s Charity Trophy was also up for grabs for the winner of the men’s competition: this is one of Greetham Valley’s oldest trophies.

The top three in the men’s competition were all low handicappers and the result was very close with countback being used to separate the top two. Graham Kingspark playing off nine, joined the club almost a year ago after moving up from his native Devon. He had three bogies on the front nine but managed to get one of the dropped shots back with a birdie on the sixth, this gave him 20 points for the front nine. Graham got the back nine off to a bad start with bogies on the tenth and eleventh but again managed to bounce back with a birdie on the twelfth to get his second two of the day. Graham then had five pars to put himself into contention but dropped a shot on the eighteenth to a tough pin position. His 21 points on the back nine were enough to give him a total of 41 and was enough to take the win on count back: he was cut to eight. Graham said that overall he was really happy with the way that he played but was slightly annoyed with himself for dropping a shot on the last hole as he could have lost the competition because of it.

First team player Andrew Frisby, off three, had a fantastic front nine with seven pars and two birdies and was level par on the back nine with five pars, two birdies and two bogies. Again, it was the tough pin position on the eighteenth that really spoiled Andrew’s round. Like Graham, he dropped a shot on the eighteenth and that made the difference, Andrew was second on count back after also scoring 41 points.

Former Captain Neil Crees, off eight, got his game off to a terrible start with a treble bogie seven on the first hole, he bounced straight back with a birdie on the second. Neil went on to drop three more shots on the front nine but parred the back nine to come home with a total of 40 points and was cut to seven.

Jacky Bayley won the Ladies’ Captains’ Charity Trophy with a hard fought round of 38 points. Jacky made life very difficult for herself by blobbing a couple of holes but managed to keep her concentration high, enabling her to come in, thanks to a lot of hard work, with a birdie and six pars; she was cut to seventeen. Liz Haughton off ten didn’t drop a shot until the seventh hole after six straight pars, she finished with 36 points to take second. Third place went to scratch player Sophie Beardsall with 33 points.

Most of the knockout competitions were decided last Sunday in very cold conditions and in winds with gusts up to eighty miles an hour. The Division One Singles title went to Ian Bains who beat Kevin Hingle four and three. The Division Two Singles final was held a couple of days earlier, when Paul Child-Freeman beat John Holroyd two and one to take his first ever title. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty beat Steff Dutton and Nicola Toon to take the Mixed Doubles title. Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman beat Sue Brand in the Ladies Singles Final. Ray Gladwinfield and Mark Hibbitt beat Steve Chisholm and Steve Burgon in the Doubles Final.  After a bad start to the year with snow and rain for the first four months of the year, some wondered if they would be able to squeeze all of the games in.  All of the winners will be presented with their prizes on prize night on 15th November – put it in your diary!

Sarah Outen – in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!

Sarah OutenThinking of Greetham Valley in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – the only and only Sarah Outen!!!  We looked after Sarah’s trans-oceanic boats, Gulliver and Happy Socks, plus her stores,  prior to her epic travels. And we follow her blog, which makes for incredible reading from this intrepid adventurer. Take a look, some amazing images – you won’t be disappointed…

Seniors’ Captain wins his Captain’s Day competition!

Rod WellsSeniors’ Captain’s Day at Greetham Valley is usually quite a long one, this year’s fifty four competitors played eighteen holes on the Lakes course then nine holes on the par three Academy course. It had been cancelled in September due to heavy rain and this time the weather for Rutland was held warm, sunny but very windy. Seniors’ Captain Rod Wells got his game off to a bad start by not scoring on two of the first three holes. However, his game got better after that and he came in with thirty five points. Rod then took on the far from easy par three Academy course and came in with nineteen points.

After the bad start, he was happy to have played the rest of the course quite well and that his short game on the Academy course was good enough to help him to the win. Rod is the first Seniors’ Captain to win the Captains Day while in office.

Terry McNulty was second with thirty seven on the Lakes and sixteen on the Academy. George Cooper was third with thirty five and eighteen.

The best scores on the Lakes were: David Kirtland, thirty six, Dick Thirlwell thirty five and Neil Lowndes thirty five. Ian Jarvis won the Academy course with twenty one, Denis Watts was second with twenty and Peter Giblett was third, he also scored twenty.

Rod had, only a few days earlier, led his team to another win against Stoke Rochford. The team had won the away leg of the two games earlier in the year and knew that the Stoke team would be doing all they could to avenge that defeat.  As at Stoke, the game could have gone either way as some results were quite close, however, Greetham Valley won by five games to three on the day. Greetham’s next game is against Rutland Water at home this week.

Trevor Smith who had held the record with a gross sixty seven for several years was second in the medal with a gross sixty nine, nett sixty seven and was cut to one. Kevin Shilham off nine, Ryan Tarrant off four and Peter Bagshaw off nine were third fourth and fifth on count back after they all came in with a nett seventy.

The Seniors Medal was played on the Lakes course on an overcast day with occasional spells of rain. Keith Heppenstall won division one with a nett sixty eight and was cut to fifteen. Peter Wood was second with seventy on count back from Jack Vernall. Neil Lowndes won the lowest gross with an eighty two.

John Morfee won division two and the medal with a nett sixty seven and was cut to twenty, John also won the lowest gross with eighty nine. Denis Watts shot a gross ninety, nett sixty seven to come second but had a much better reason to celebrate after scoring a fantastic hole in one at the par three sixth hole. He said that he hit a sweet six iron at the flag, it bounced a couple of times then went straight into the hole to register Denis’s first hole in one; he was cut to twenty one. Charles Guttridge came third with a nett sixty eight.

Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman, Liz Haughton, and Pat Jones represented Greetham Valley in the Lincolnshire Ladies County Scratch Final as winners of the South Division.  Unfortunately, the normal team of Sophie Beardsall, Emma Tipping and Gilly Grant were all unavailable due to work commitments. They were up against it as their handicaps are ten, eleven and twelve respectively, they played three first team county players from Woodhall Spa whose handicaps are all around scratch. They lost three nil but had a very enjoyable day at Kenwick Park secure in the knowledge that they had made it to the final for the third year on the trot. Bev said that it was lovely to see the young Ladies playing so well and we wish them all the best in the county finals at Wilmslow next week.

The Second Team held their end of season event which was open to anybody who had played for the team this year. The front nine was irons only and the second nine was “normal” golf. Strangely, two out of three players scored better using irons only! Nick Cunnington won the game with thirty nine points, Pete Dickinson had thirty eight to take second and Neil Crees took third with thirty five.

This was the last event for second team captain Alan Bennett and he offers his utmost thanks to the commitment of all 42 players who have played Second team golf over the last three years of his captaincy.

Club Captain Trevor birdies to Gents Invitation victory

Trevor Smith and George BeadleAlmost twenty clubs were represented in the Greetham Valley Gents’ Invitation on Saturday. The Rutland weather wafting over the Lakes course was very warm but tempered by a high wind. Quite a few players in the field were affected by it but this didn’t bother Gents’ Captain Trevor Smith off two and his playing partner George Beadle from Burghley Park Golf Club, playing off scratch. Trevor birdied the first and George got another on the eighth, unfortunately, they also had two bogies, this left them at level par for the front nine. The back nine was a fantastic demonstration of good golf no matter what the conditions.

George birdied the tenth and eleventh, Trevor got into the act with birdies on the twelfth and fourteenth. Trevor then added an eagle on the par five fifteenth and a further birdie on the eighteenth to come in with forty two points. George also won the longest drive on the sixteenth. When asked what was the best part of their game on the day, George said that they gelled very well together and everything worked as well as it possibly could. Long time clubhouse leaders, Dave Smith and his partner Glenn Sharpe from Stapleford Park finished in second place with forty one points. Bob Beverly and partner Geoff Moyses were third with thirty nine. Dave Brankin from Burghley Park won nearest the pin on the tough par three tenth.

Dave Smith was in action again competing for the Rabbits Trophy held on the Lakes course the very next day. Dave had a gross ninety, nett seventy to win the trophy for the first time. Dave said that playing with Glenn Sharpe on the previous day had really helped as Glenn gave him some good advice about  course management. He also took the lowest gross and was cut to nineteen. Keith Ross was second with a nett seventy two and Paul Jarvis came in with a seventy three to take third place.

Keith Godwin won division one of the Seniors’ August Stableford Qualifier and the overall competition with an excellent haul of forty two points, he was cut to thirteen. Martin Jeffery was second with forty and was cut to sixteen. Alan Sorlie took third with thirty eight, his new handicap is now fourteen.

Charles Guttridge won division two with thirty eight points, Norman Bonnor took second with thirty seven. Tom McGrath, making a welcome return to golf, was an excellent third with thirty six.

Fred Aspin was pulled in as a last minute substitute for the Stoke Rochford Seniors Invitation. He and partner Ernie Armstrong won with an amazing score of forty seven points. The pair took it on countback thanks to a back nine score of twenty six points. Two days later, Fred also won the Former Seniors’ Captains Away Day at Ruddington Grange in Nottingham, with thirty seven points.

The Captains’ Team took a narrow win in the annual Greetham Valley Staff versus Captains match on Monday afternoon. The competition was started by John Sparks and Eve Mills during their year as Captains in 2007 as a way of saying thank you to the staff. Staff Captain and Course Manager Adi Porter said that, win or lose, this is a fantastic event and is looked forward to by both sides. Goodnatured rivalry followed by a good meal is the order of the day!