Captains Newsletter January 2019

Those that witnessed the Rosedon Players pantomime “Cinderellla” either on Friday 4th January or the Matinee on Sunday 6th January saw one of the funniest shows we have had in recent years. I have seen Liam and John Hubbard in a different light since they played the ugly sisters and John Cowey and Chris Emerton changing the scenery to the tune of the Benny Hill show while the actors changed was hilarious. As for Buttons (Ted Bilsborough), very professional. Liz as Cinders and Janet John as Prince Charming were brilliant and Alan (where's my lines) Cooper tried his best to hold the show together with two raucous daughters who kept ad libing which nearly put him off but he kept control. Well done to all the actors and Dave Roseden assisted by Alan Hughes and Pam the interpreter for a wonderful performance. We look forward to the next one!

The Ladies Golf and Dinner on Saturday 5th January is an event where three of us from the Committee act as waiters in our tuxedo's to the Ladies while they have dinner. Myself, Martin Cunningham and Graham Sadler had that privilege and worked tirelessly to ensure hot food was served with the panache it deserved. Great night and thank you Ladies for giving us waiters less stick than we thought was coming and a free dinner to boot.

With the New rules coming in on 1st January Martin Cunningham gave what I thought was a very professional, educated talk on the new rules on the 16th January and put it across in layman's terms which was appreciated by all who came along. It's not just us who make mistakes either on interpretation of the new rules as many professionals have found out to their cost. An excellent talk Martin and lets hope when the summer competitions start, be it against other clubs or here at Bexleyheath in our own competitions we do not get penalties against us or worse still disqualified for not knowing the rules.

Burns Night turned out to be a great night with some very funny renditions (nothing to do with Burns at times but hilarious none the less) and the Scottish Dancing was as chaotic as ever but we got there in the end. Well done Dave Rosedon for trying your best to get us to do the Scottish dancing properly on what was a very cramped dancing floor.

Into February and on Saturday 2nd February 16 teams turned up for my Captains Quiz. Very well supported with close on 100 people coming along. Steve Bishop (Quiz Master) and his team kept the night running as smoothly as ever and doing it for free as well for my charity, Evergreen Care Bexley. A very big thank you to those who donated prizes for the raffle, (Evergreen Care, Vice Captain Graham Sadler, Mark and Jackie Prockter, James Bishop and Enzo Buscaglia) I hope you do not mind me mentioning you all but your generosity was fantastic. Thank you also to the ladies Vice Captain Sandra (who I promoted to Captain in my salutations!) for her help. Linda Emerton and Karen Hubbard also for help with the raffle. An excellent night raising £615 for Evergreen Care Bexley.

Our next event is the Last Captains Dance where I have changed it to a Dance and Comedy Show with Andy Robertson singing and playing his mean guitar, with our own Liam Smith providing the comedy. For those new members who have joined us recently and have not seen either of these two before, they are both two excellent acts not to be missed. We have sold around 45 tickets to date so there is still time get yours. A slight change to what is advertised on the tickets in that you bring your own nibbles on the night if you want anything to eat.

On the playing front I am still waiting for a total knee replacement but will be playing in the swindles on Tuesday's and possibly Thursday's from mid February along with a special knee brace if all goes well with the next cortisone injection in my shoulder! Great getting Old!!!

One last thing, the Winter Pairs Competition that was cancelled on Sunday 27th January will now be played next Sunday on the 10th February 2019. Nick will allocate tee times accordingly.

Happy Golfing
Captain Tony
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