Monthly Archives: November 2013

Hole in one for Neil on revamped 6th on the Lakes course

Neil LowndesNine handicapper and former professional cricketer Neil Lowndes had his very first hole in one while playing in the Seniors’ Winter League on Monday. On the par 3 6th on the Lakes, Neil took a wedge for the 135 yard shot over the newly revamped and much bigger lake, the ball took one bounce then popped straight into the hole. Neil said that he had come very close on a number of occasions but no cigar. He was very happy to buy everybody a drink and looks forward to receiving his Hugo Boss watch courtesy of Hugo Boss and the How Did I Do website for the feat.

Round five of the Winter Order of Merit got off to a rather chilly start on Sunday – with a cold wind coming in from the north it was certainly time for the 36 players
Steff Dutton

to don the old woolly hats and warm sweaters. Seven handicapper Steff Dutton, who has been struggling with his driving recently after suffering for over a year with shoulder pains, had a fantastic day on the fairways, missing only two of them. Steff, who is a Second Team regular, has a superb short game that he was able to use to great advantage. He recorded three sandy pars as well as getting out of a tricky situation to par a hole on several other occasions. He teed off in the first group and didn’t think that his 40 points would be anywhere near good enough to win so was very pleased to take his first one of the series. He said that it was the best that he has driven all year, he had two shots taken off his handicap and will play off five in the next game.Previous series’ winner Adam Clegg off five was one shot behind in second place, he was docked a shot and will play off four on Saturday.   Ian Copley took third place on countback with 38 points and was docked point five, he will play off twelve next time. Three others, four handicapper Nick Cunnington, President elect John Sparks and Kevin Hingle off twelve also scored 38 and were awarded joint fourth place. Birthday boy George Grant was a further shot back on 37 points.

Adrian Cunningham holds an 18 point lead at the top of the Order of Merit table over defending champion Steve Anderson. Kevin Hingle replaces Fred Aspin in third place and Fred drops to fourth. Week five winner Stef Dutton gained ground on the leaders and moves from twenty second to fifth, Ian Copley rose six spots to sixth in the table. Adam Clegg had the biggest climb of the weekend, he moved from thirty fifth to fifteenth place. The competition is bubbling along quite nicely now and we can expect even more changes next week, when players who had been playing in the alternative winter league return for the next round.

Vice Captain in waiting Fred Aspin won the Seniors’ Irons Only competition. He struggled in the front nine registering only 12 points but came good on the back nine with 22;  Neil Lowndes was second just one shot behind. Third and fourth were settled on count back, Steve Taylor took third demoting Bernard Bell to fourth place after they both scored 32 points.

Greetham Valley Prize Presentation Evening

Prize presentation nightThe great and the good gathered for Greetham Valley’s end of year Prize Presentation Evening last Friday. First in the running order was the announcement that John Sparks will be the club’s new President from the first of January, he will take over from Martin Boughton who has served for six years. Fred Aspin was confirmed as 2014 Vice Captain and will take up his duties on the same day.

Trevor Smith Patricia Webster and Sheila DoutyTrevor Smith’s and Sheila Douty’s Captains’ Charity this year has been the Peterborough Neo Natal Ward and the fabulous sum of £2200 was raised throughout the year from Club members for the charity. Patricia Webster from the Ward was on hand to collect the cheque. Patricia said that they try not to handle very tiny babies, who are usually in a very delicate condition, too much. Some of them weigh in at less than a bag of sugar and a great deal of care from dedicated professionals is needed.
Colin Easson Motors prizes

These children may have been born prematurely or born with severe illness and even with a staff of forty five nurses plus doctors they are very reliant upon technology. The machines they use range in cost from around £500 to £7000 and obviously need replacing on a regular basis – every penny they can raise from outside sources really helps. Patricia thanked the Captains and the Club members for their generosity. Please note, If you would like to Colin Easson Motors competition prizewinnerscontribute to this vital work, contact the Communications Officer at Peterborough Hospital, they will be very happy to receive your donations which will only be used by the ward.

When the prize giving got underway, Ben Easson and Trevor SmithRoland Easson and his wife Debbie were on hand to present the trophies for the Colin Easson Motors competition. The Easson family, who sell Ford cars at their garage in Cottesmore, are Greetham Valley’s longest serving sponsors. Sophie Beardsall won the Ladies’ competition, she also won the Medal Winners’ Trophy. Adam Smith took the Men’s competition  prize and Jordan Burdall won the Under 21 section. Jordan, who also became the course record holder for both courses this year, won the President’s Putter for the best gross Jordan Burdall and Martin Boughtonscore in the two day 0-18 Club Championship to become Club Champion for the first time. Roland’s son Ben Easson, who came second in the Under 21 section, also picked up the Cunningham Cup for the best nett in the 0-18 Club Championship, and the Chris Southwell Memorial Salver.

For winning the Ladies’ Club Championship, Emma Tipping was awarded the Waycot Bowl; Emma also picked up two Medals after winning in July and August.Emma Tipping and Sheila Douty Another multiple winner was Ladies’ vice Captain Bev Dolman, she won the June Medal, the Pat Holloway Trophy and the Hodgkinson Cup for the Ladies’ Singles Knockout.

Iain Bain was presented with the Rutland Shield for his win in the division one Singles  competition, Paul Childe-Freeman won division two.

The Brian Hockey Trophy was presented to Jack Vernal for his win in the Seniors’
Jack Vernal Trevor Smith Rod WellsSingles,
division one and Denis Watts picked up the Mike Churchill Trophy for division two.

Bryony Batch, who has played in fourteen qualifiers this year, was awarded the Rosemary Thomas Cup for the most improved Lady Golfer after coming down from 33 to 30 handicap, she also won the Lady Landover Trophy.

Mike Churchill Trevor Smith and Denis Watts

The Stuart Dodd Trophy for the most improved Senior Golfer went to Peter Wood who came down from 20 to 15 this year. Paul Downs won both the Easson Cup for the 19-28 nett Championship and the Hinch Cup for the gross Championship.



Other prize winners:

The Begy Trophy, Gents Pairs Knockout:    Ray Gladwinfield and Mark Hibbitt
Ladies Medal Winners Trophy:    Sophie Beardsall
Anniversary Trophy:    Steve Bennoson (Gents), and Pat Jamieson (Ladies)
Rabbits Trophy:    Dave Smith
Tudor Springs Foursomes:    Bob Beverly and Neil Harris
Bob Ford Past Captains’ Cup:    George Grant
Barbara Ford Past Captains’ Trophy:    Eve Mills
Moore Stephens Trophy:    Robert Lewin (Gents), Jackie Friend (Ladies)
Limestone Trophy:    Nick Cunnington
Ladies’ Greensomes:    Liz Haughton and Fay Taylor
Sturgess Volvo Trophy:    Andrew Frisby
Senior Golfer of the Year:    Rob Gray
Ladies’ Bunny Cup:    Hazel Hinch
Meadows World Travel Trophy:    Jacky Bayley
Greetham Cup, Ladies’ Doubles:    Sophie Beardsall and Sally Bowker
Seniors’ Doubles:    Rod Wells and Robert Birch
Dickinson Trophy, Mixed Doubles:   Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty
Dryden Salver (best 36 holes nett):    Sheila Douty
Gill Christie Memorial Trophy:    Angela Wheeler
Martins Mixed Foursomes:    Ryan Tarrant and Jackie Friend
Stimson Family Cup:    Roger Bass and Andrew Bass

2013 Captains Trevor and Sheila thanked the members for their support during the year and paid special thanks to Dennis and Joan Millington and the Hinch family for all their help this year. They also wished Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman, who take over as Captains in January, all the best for 2014.

Steve Anderson, who won the 2012/13 Winter Order of Merit last year, took his first win in this year’s series with a fantastic 39. Kevin Hingle and Jim Wheeler took the second and third places, just two shots behind on countback. Six players, Fred Aspin, Ian Copley, Neil Crees, Paul Jenkinson, Peter Bagshaw and Trevor Smith were a shot further back and they shared the Order of Merit points. Adrian Cunningham still occupies top position on the overall table but his lead has been reduced to 15 points. Defending champion Steve Anderson surged up the table to take over second place. Fred Aspin moved up from fourth to third and Kevin Hingle leaps up ten places into fourth place, Chris Wheatland dropped from second to fifth. With it all still wide open and all to play for, the next round will take place on Sunday 24th, when players are expecting much colder conditions.

Don’t forget the Members’ Forums next week, 2.30pm on Wednesday 27th and 7pm on Thursday 28th. Wine and nibbles will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Who fancies Robbie Williams for Christmas?

Robbie 1Guests at our fabulous Christmas Party Night on Thursday 12th December will enjoy very special entertainment – the UK’s number one tribute to Robbie Williams!

Why not bring a group of  friends to enjoy the festive Christmas party atmosphere at Greetham Valley on this fantastic night of musical entertainment for just £35 per person, to include our scrumptious Christmas Party Night three course menu:

xmas_menu-header11Christmas Party Night

Arrival:     from 7pm

Dinner:     7.45pm

Bar:          7pm to midnight

Entertainment:  until 12.30am
Robbie Williams Tribute + Disco

Carriages:          12.30am

NB Small groups MAY be seated with other small groups on a large table

Christmas Party Night

Special Rate just £67 B&B per room


Christmas party night menuChristmas Party Night

Assiette of starters
Sliced pork fillet with apricot sausage
Smoked salmon rosette
Red onion and brie tartlet

Main course
from the carvery
A choice of ham, beef and turkey
all served with
Yorkshire pudding, chef’s potatoes,
chipolata sausage, homemade stuffing,
seasonal vegetables and pan gravy
Spinach and smoked cheese roulade
served with a creamy thyme sauce, chef’s potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Assiette of desserts
Chocolate truffle cheesecake
Christmas pudding
Homemade Yuletide ice cream

Coffee, tea and chocolate mint

Dietary requirements catered for with pleasure
– do please ask!

For more details please see our Christmas pages
or contact Mitch by phone 01780 460444 or email him

Christmas brochure now available – and going fast!

At Greetham Valley we really do know how to throw a fabulous Christmas party – and the proof is in the Christmas pudding, as they might say!

Our Christmas Party Nights are now getting booked up, with just a few tables still available – email Mitch for more details.

We have a fabulous line up of entertainment choices and with Christmas party nights from just £15 per person, Greetham Valley really is one of the best Christmas party venues in Rutland.

Browse through our Christmas pages to check out all our festive celebration choices for December, right through to New Year’s Day!

Greetham Valley Club Captain’s Dinner great success

Steve BurgonThe year’s penultimate Medal got underway in slightly overcast conditions but, thankfully, without the wind that we have been experiencing in Rutland lately. Steve Burgon, playing off fourteen, dropped just three shots in the front nine to finish with a gross 82, nett 68 to take the win in division one and the overall Medal. Steve said that he found it tougher on the back nine but just persevered with his game plan. Carl Causbrook was second with a nett 72 and Chris Wheatland took third spot with a 73. Club Captain Trevor Smith won the division’s lowest gross.

Bruce Strickland, playing off twenty, won division two with a nett 70. Adrian Cunningham followed up his win in last week’s Order of Merit with a 71 to take second place on countback from Fred Aspin, who also won the division’s lowest gross.

Captains Dinner motley crewThe Club Captain’s Dinner last Friday night was a roaring success, with sixty nine people attending. The evening started with Club Captain Trevor Smith and former Captains being piped in by Greetham Valley member David Smith in full regalia. Those present were members, former Captains plus a dozen members from Burghley Park Golf club. Former Manchester City and England footballer Tommy Booth was the guest speaker, he entertained the room with tales of his football career for over an hour. Trevor said that he was overwhelmed and very grateful for the support he has experienced from everybody this year. Over £300 was also raised for the Captains’ charity.

Jack Vernal, off sixteen, had an extraordinary round in the Seniors’ November Medal on Monday. Despite the heavy and persistent rain, he dropped just eight shots to win division one and to take the overall Medal. Jack was the only player in both divisions to finish under par. He scored a nett 64 and also won the lowest gross. Fourteen handicapper Barry Shaw was placed second on countback ahead of John Taylor, they both scored a nett 75.

In division two, the top three all came in with a nett 83 and were separated on countback. Tom McGrath took first place, second went to Derek Palmer who also won the lowest gross. David Evans off twenty three was third.

For the first time since its inception, Order of Merit points were awarded to players who had registered and paid their Merit entry fee in the weekend’s November Medal. Adrian Cunningham heads the field again for the second week, sharing the lead and 45 merit points with Fred Aspin after they both came in with a nett 71. Carl Causbrook was third and Chris Wheatland who had another steady week was fourth ahead of Kevin Burdall, Alan Bennett, Ben Miles and George Grant all on 74. Adrian now extends his lead in the Order of Merit by almost 35 points over Chris Wheatland, Kevin Burdall moves up to third place. Fred Aspin jumps from twentieth place to fourth. Graham Smith, who won week one, rounds off the top five.

Don’t forget the Members’ Forums later this month – by attending you’ll get to hear first hand what the Club plans for 2014 and beyond. The first one is on Wednesday 27th and starts at 2.30. The second will be on Thursday 28th and starts at 19:00. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Adrian takes the lead in Greetham Valley’s Order of Merit

Adrian CunninghamThirty nine players took part in week two of the Winter Order of Merit last Sunday. Missing was week one winner Graham Smith who, due to family commitments, will also miss next week’s combined Order of Merit and November Medal competition. The scores were slightly lower this week as many of the competitors struggled in high winds and occasional heavy rain squalls on the Lakes course. However, Adrian Cunningham, playing off 28 had no such problems. Adrian, who won the final round of the 2012/13 series with 46 points, won this week’s round with a total of 39 points. He had a great start with 22 points on the front nine. However, he then succumbed to the Rutland weather conditions like everybody else and found the back nine much tougher as the wind grew stronger and pulled in heavier rain.

Adrian “scored” his first blob at the par three 14th when he put two balls into the water but he bounced back with a birdie on the par five 15th. He struggled on the 17th and endured another blob but managed to bogie the last to give him 17 points for the back nine. Adrian reported that he found it tough going but said that his playing partners, Paul Jenkinson and Keith Goodacre gave him lots of encouragement. He will play the next round off 26 having been docked two shots.

Kevin Burdall took second place with 37 points just ahead of Alan Bennett with 36. Kevin will lose one shot and will play off 19 in the next round and Alan loses point five to take him to 7 next Sunday. John Sparks had another good week with 35 points to take fourth spot. Last year’s winner Steve Anderson, Chris Wheatland, David Copley, Kevin Hingle and Paul Jenkinson were all a further point behind on 34.

The overall leaderboard table has changed in the absence of week one leader Graham Smith who drops to second place with 50 points. Adrian Cunningham moves up from 16th position to head the leaderboard with 53. John Sparks jumps from sixth to third with another consistent round, he has 42 points. Kevin Burdall, who played his first game of the series on Sunday, moves straight into a joint fourth place with Peter Bagshaw, they are both on 40 points. It’s worth pointing out that it’s very early in the 22 week series, so the top places will no doubt change many times between now and the final on 30th March.

High winds kept the scoring down when the Ladies played in the end of year Former Ladies Captains competition on the Lakes course. Eve Mills, off 17, was the winner on the day. Eve said that it was played in very tough conditions but she was pleased to have ended the day with a win. 18 handicapper Jackie Friend was second on countback pushing Angela Wheeler, off 17, back into third place. Beryl Crosland took fourth place and Rena Lister rounded off the top five.

It is good to hear that the Greetham Valley newsletter has been so well received by you, this is your news, so if you have anything that you think may be of interest to other Club members, please let us know. If you are not yet receiving the e-newsletter – we may not have your most current email address! to ensure you receive your electronic copy! For those who think these computer gadget thingies will never catch on, there are hard copies available near the noticeboards and in the locker rooms.

Job vacancies in November 2013 at Greetham Valley

Food and Beverage Supervisor
Greetham Valley currently has a full time job vacancy for a Food and Beverage Supervisor, providing direct support to the Food and Beverage Department.

This wide-ranging role involves supervising our front of house team of 20 to lead them in looking after our highly popular function, wedding and conference business, with events of up to 280 guests and around 50 weddings per year, our 50 seat restaurant and our busy Lounge Bar.

Our ideal candidate would have experience of a role at a similar level and be keen to help an established team of staff under a new management structure to drive our business forward through great customer service and pushing towards the highest standards.  This position would definitely reward an experienced person, but also carries a great opportunity to be coached and developed within the industry, as our business is so very varied.

The work is 40 hours over a 5 day week.  Uniform and meals on duty are provided.  Use of our gym or golf facilities is also included.

Applications in writing please to Sharon Walpole, HR Manager by 8th November
Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN

Part time Housekeepers
We have two vacancies for Part Time Housekeepers.  Reporting to the Head Housekeeper, the successful candidates will work a minimum of 16 hours per week.  Flexibility is essential as shifts will include weekdays and weekends on a rota basis.

The candidates will support the Head Housekeeper in ensuring the finest attention to detail in relation to the daily cleanliness standards of the 35 bedrooms at GreethamValley, along with the lodges, holiday cottage, lounge bar, conference rooms,  function spaces and all public areas.

Applications in writing please to Sharon Walpole, HR Manager by 15th November
Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN

Kitchen Assistants
We have job vacancies for Kitchen Assistants to work casual hours in our busy kitchen Monday to Sunday. The successful applicants will work as an integral part of the kitchen team to maintain a high level of clean kitchen equipment and environment. Hours worked will be as required to meet the needs of the business.

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

Temporary Food & Beverage Assistants
We have job 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 job vacancies for Temporary Housekeepers to work in the Housekeeping Department in our busy Hotel complex.  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.

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