Looking back through the original post and the subsequent additions, I can see that it may be all a bit confusing for some. While I welcomed the humour and the funnies on the other thread, I would appreciate this time to keep it more formal and serious. As I know we all like a good laugh but it can often obscure, the more important points of the initial post.
As most will be aware now, I have committed to the date of Friday 27th August, at Aldersey Green Golf Club, near Chester, CH3 9EH. After many discussions with the Club and Catering Staff, they are doing the package of Bacon Butty/Coffee/Tea, followed by 18 Holes of Golf (1st Tee 10.30) then a sit down 2-Course Meal. All of this is to cost £31 which is pretty good as opposed to Huyton and Prescot who wanted at least £47.50 for a similar deal. Buggies are available to those who may want or need them, but as they are limited, I/Club need to know well in advance so these can be allocated.
Now we come to the painful part, apart from wanting a serious commitment as there is Catering involved, I propose that everyone who wishes to go, send a £15 deposit (non-returnable) to not only show intent, but should they not turn up Catering will be covered. If you can send to me, just text 07565140075, or email email@example.com whereupon I will provide Bank Details. I will also send a receipt or acknowledgement by email. That way there is only £16 to pay on the day. Also after negotiating with the Club Non playing Members/Caddies or those who wish to just support the day are also welcome and there will be Food for them too again at £15, and again as above need to know numbers.
The Bar is welcoming and have a range of moderately priced Beers and Lagers (@3.65/pint approx) San Miguel and Fosters for Lager drinkers. There is a nice sized Beer Garden/Drinking Area, and a small Beer Gazebo too.
I have had some definite commitments already, ironically from those who live farthest away. One participant has already booked a Hotel for the day before and on the day. I can recommend Premier Inn (Station Chester) as it is close to the town, station (obviously) and the Golf Course itself. Also with Premier Inns the longer you book ahead the better the deal!
I have also had offers from both the Club, Members and Myself to donate prizes on the day for the mini-comps involved. For non-players/caddies and everyone too, there will be a raffle, so no-one should be left out and depending on the donations hope everyone has a chance of winning something. As always any serious questions are invited, but hopefully I have covered everything. Although the Golf Competition will be of a serious (ish) format, we are not playing for the Ryder Cup or the likes, but I need an indication of Handicaps so I can work out a fair field. Get committed and enjoy the upcoming day!
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1 Posted 24/04/2021 at 04:18:56
Also if I didn't make it clear in the header post, non-playing participants would be required as everyone else to pay £15 if intending to go, as this will cover your meals and will have nothing else to pay on the day. Golfers will pay £15 too, but the remaining £16 on the day. Of course if anyone wishes to pay the whole amount that is acceptable too, with nothing to pay on the day, apart from beer and raffle money.
If anyone does text or phone, and leaves a message on answerphone, please state your name, whether Golfing or Non-Golfing, and a return number. If private, or withheld, I have no way of contacting you back. Also if anyone has any special dietary requirements please let me know well in hand so I can inform the Catering Staff. I don't have the 2 Course Fare yet on the day but will promulgate that before hand.
In addition to Buggies (£12.50 between two) the Club do hire push/pull trolleys, but also have Lithium Powered Golf Trolleys (some with built in GPS) to hire for £5/round. Hope that covers all the little things, but any questions please ask.
2 Posted 25/04/2021 at 12:25:38
No bacon for me!
I will transfer or drop off the money this week and will also donate a £50 voucher for pizza express as one of the prizes.
Hope you get a good turn out.
3 Posted 25/04/2021 at 13:34:35
The Club have asked on a couple of occasions, if I know roughly how many, so embarrassingly have to tell a bit of a white lie, and say I will know for sure in a fortnight, that was a week ago now! They obviously have to plan ahead too, and their room has a capacity maximum, which I think is around 30 seated for meals and presentation.
4 Posted 25/04/2021 at 18:44:46
5 Posted 25/04/2021 at 19:01:54
But thanks for all the effort, Derek. Hope it's a great day for all involved.
6 Posted 25/04/2021 at 20:38:05
7 Posted 26/04/2021 at 09:57:14
I was thinking, because the Excelsior Gentleman's Evening with Ratcliffe and Mountfield etc is being held on the previous evening, wouldn't it be an opportunity for some of the 'out of towners' to incorporate both events? If they are making a weekend of it and staying in Liverpool, they could enjoy both. Just a thought.
8 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:47:20
We have just a few days ago heard the sad news about a great toffee web subscriber who was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. As an avid golfer who gets to play 4 times a week most weeks I would love to be part of the day but am 6500 miles away as I am retired and live with my wife and daughter in the Philippines.
Would be pleased if we as true blues could purchase a shield or a cup for the tournament winner and would be nice if it was to be called the the "Teddy Draper Trophy". This could serve as an annual trophy for future ToffeeWeb golf tournaments.
I can e mail you for your bank details and send the donation to purchase a suitable trophy. Am sure Teddy and his family would would approve.
Hope my request receives a favorable response.
9 Posted 26/04/2021 at 16:51:21
The date works a treat for me as I am up in North Wales all that week with plans to watch the Curtis Cup at Conwy GC - it's the women's amateur equivalent of the Ryder Cup. So a short journey to Chester for a day's golf will break the week up nicely. I'll even bring my son Dan along as, although he's not a massive football fan, he's a decent golfer off 8 handicap.
10 Posted 26/04/2021 at 16:56:46
There are plenty of really lovely places to visit around Conwy so I'm sure that you'll enjoy your short break up here. And Chester is also well worth a visit.
11 Posted 26/04/2021 at 17:09:25
12 Posted 26/04/2021 at 17:20:33
My mother lives in Llandudno and is a member at Maesddu so we know the area well (although not Dave's recommended Mulberry).
Conwy GC is quality to be hosting Curtis Cup. I've played it before a few times but not for a while. My son likes North Wales GC but my absolute favourite is Aberdovey.
I'm looking forward to combining golf and EFC come August.
13 Posted 26/04/2021 at 17:27:47
As Tony says, roll on summer and the freedom (hopefully) to pop into a pub without a letter from the Pope saying you're allowed.
14 Posted 26/04/2021 at 17:32:04
Jon, sounds like you know the area pretty well. Maesddu is a good course, better than North Wales in my humble opinion. Never been to Aberdovey though.
15 Posted 26/04/2021 at 18:06:29
If I ever move back to that part of the world, I will probably join Maesdu and Conwy for less than I pay for my membership of one club down here.
Ray - put Dovey on your bucket list. Perfect setting although it is in the middle of nowhere! It just made the top 100 courses in the UK alongside Birkdale, Lytham etc.
16 Posted 26/04/2021 at 21:28:05
I learned this Poem when I was at sea, of which there are about 137 verses, and I will not quote them all, but just three which I consider may encapsulate the isolated feelings we all share at times like this. Bearing in mind this was written a thousand years ago, and translated by Edward Fitzgerald @ late 1800's.
Tis all a chequerboard of Nights and Days,
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
Then, one by one back in the Closet lays.
For in an out, above and below,
Tis nothing but a magic shadow picture show:
Played around a box, whose Candle is the Sun,
Round which we phantom figures come and go.
Strange is it not of the myriads who,
Before us passed the door of darkness through,
None have returned to tell of that road,
Which to discover, we must travel too.
Just thought that may be apt in this instance John, but I would be more than grateful, to acknowledge a Trophy with Teddy Draper's name attached, and as you say, hopefully, to be played for in many more years to come, Thanks!
17 Posted 26/04/2021 at 22:13:24
Aberdovey is a course I play regular and my good friend is the pro there, check his shop superb gear. I also like Royal St David's, can see a tofffeeweb outing developing sure Derek can do a great job as a travel consultant now.
Think the golf sounds much better than the football at the moment.
18 Posted 27/04/2021 at 08:01:08
John Hall, if you can email, or text me on the above address/Mob No, there are quite a few things I would like to discuss with you regarding the Trophy (ies) plus a couple of other things. I would be grateful and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your kind gestures.
19 Posted 27/04/2021 at 14:36:34
Received your mail and very happy to go with your suggestions. Check your junk mail folder if you don't see my response as sent earlier today.
Wish you luck with the day and hope everyone enjoys.
20 Posted 29/04/2021 at 05:21:49
I checked a lot of Trophy Suppliers and although their Trophies looked the part it couldn't disguise the fact that a lot of the materials used were artificial, and on closer inspection were a bit 'tacky'. So I decided it would be more fitting as Teddy Draper's Trophy to be of decent quality, and also that John was getting value for his donation too.
So you can imagine how old, and of genuine quality this, hand crafted Hallmarked piece is, all of this will add to the cost which has been covered by John. However I am hoping to also have with the residue of money, after the Main Trophy, left to purchase nearest the pins, longest drive on certain holes, and while again John's donation will cover most of that, it is the hidden extras that I find we are slightly short on. I mean markers for nearest the pin/longest drive, plus the engraving etc, whilst I will wherever possibly try to manufacture these myself I still need some 'raw materials'.
Basically all I am asking is for voluntary donations, however large or small to ensure the day is a resounding success, but remembering too that with this intrinsically being the first of many future Annual Events, a lot of the extras will still be re-usable again next year and the years after too. Obviously the smaller prizes are there to be kept, but because of the eventual value and Antiquity of the Main Trophy, I would be reluctant to let the winner, or winners take it home, in case it was to be lost, damaged, or not returned for the following year.
As we are not a Golf Society where Members pay an Annual Fee, there is no funding to get an Insurance for the Trophy, otherwise it may have been a different case. So therefore intend to get engraved replicas, or as near as is possible, but of course this is indeed another expense, and there are the engraving costs which all add up. I don't expect a King's Ransom just a small voluntary contribution to cover the costs mentioned.
Retrospectively, I should have made the initial payment slightly higher, which would have covered everything and all attending would have paid an equal share, but as this is a first for this event, I didn't realise until I had set the 'Actual Cost' for the Day's Outing. So apologise for that under-sight!
My next update should indicate the Maximum Number that can attend comfortably, by information I will shortly get back from Aldersley Green GC. Names are starting to be confirmed and Deposits/Full Fees, are being received on a daily basis, which I thank all those who have committed early for. I fully expect this to be a really good and enjoyable day for all but just that little extra help may mean a World of difference. Thanks!
21 Posted 30/04/2021 at 09:58:45
22 Posted 30/04/2021 at 14:23:46
As I said in the first Golf Day post, it will be a Stableford Format, so players of any ability can have a bad hole, and we all do from time to time, without it being a Card Wrecker. I also hope to have a few little side Comps so there are incentives and something to play for, for everyone.
Thanks again I will mark you down as paid in Full and will send an email receipt as soon as I get a chance to do so. Thanks also for your welcome but much needed donation.
23 Posted 30/04/2021 at 22:55:34
I have organised many charity golf days in my time, so if you need help with card checking, starting, etc. happy to help.
24 Posted 30/04/2021 at 23:48:35
I am also working on a couple of things to make it both fun, but at the same time giving everyone a chance, at the same time. If you could text me on 07565140075 there are a couple of things I can run past you too, but don't want to give too much away. Ruins the element of surprise ! No point writing a letter to Santa if you know exactly what your gonna get anyway! :-)
25 Posted 30/04/2021 at 23:53:22
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