Bradnor Bugle Newsletter 2012-15

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Paul Barrington THE STRIKER

Come and see Paul Barrington perform his amazing golf trick shot show at Kington Golf Club Thursday 27th August 2015, bring your
friends - Show starts at approximately 6.30 pm. Tickets are only £5 for adults and £3 for under 18s.  Tickets bought prior to the event include a golf ball which will be part of the show, giving you a chance to win a fantastic prize.  Please purchase your tickets before the day of the event at the Pro Shop, so we can make sure we can accommodate everyone.

There will also be a questions and answers session afterwards in the club house.

NB  This means the 1st and 18th tee will be closed in the early evening on 27th.

Club Championship

The Club Championship as you may be aware was abandoned after 18 Holes due to poor weather (waterlogged course and low cloud) and will be replayed on 23rd August. (Thanks to the green staff for coming back up to the course to try to get the course/greens playable).  We have therefore re-arranged the Golden Jubilee Cup for Sat 5th September 2015. Notices have been put on the board and on the web site.

Junior Golf

The Junior Captains Day has been organised for 15th August.  This is teams of 4, Texas Scramble.  You can register on the Junior Board as a team or individual.

The Junior Open is to be held on Friday 21st August

Jamie Thomas has been selected to play for County U18s Midlands League.

A competition for the Hussey Trophy was played in June and further Junior competitions for other trophies are to played during August.  The Stanners Trophy competition was held on the Academy Course and there has also been a Non-Congu 9 hole competition in on the main course. Thanks again to the adults who were willing to go round with the youngsters, without this and other support we could not have run this competition.

We are taking two teams to Ludlow on Thursday 13th August to play in the Centenary Texas Scramble.

We continue to have varied attendance at Junior Coaching but it continues to challenge those who are present. The activities are interesting, challenging and most importantly fun. Everyone enjoys the sessions enormously. 

Greens Work

Members should be aware that there will be considerable work on the 3rd green starting, probably in late September.  This is mainly to improve the drainage and includes 5 significant trenches.  The green will therefore be closed through out the winter and the 17th tee will again be used as a temporary green.  Some materials for this work may be moved into place near the green in advance of the start of the work.

Golf Events

Don’t forget the men’s captain’s day on 16th August.  The Seniors’ Open is on 27th August.  About 90 players have registered so far but more Kington players would be very welcome.  The Men’s Captain’s away day is at Cradoc on 19th September.  Sign up sheets are now on the board.

The joint captains’ charity day went very well and raised £1168 for their charity, St Michael’s hospice.

Kington Community choir

The choir meets on Thursdays at Kington Primary School.  It sings rock, pop and musicals just for fun.  All are welcome, especially men!  There are no auditions and you don’t have to be a good singer to take part, just enthusiastic!  If you are interested ring either Tina Davison on 01544 262762 or Valerie Whittaker on 01544 260633.

Bradnor Bugle July 2015

Summer Ball

This took place on Saturday and exceeded expectations with more than 380 people attending - more news on it to follow!


33 members in attendance. Barbara Smith was welcomed onto the Management Committee to replace Bob Bowen as Treasurer, otherwise the committee remained unchanged. Also Kevin Barnes was voted in as the 2016 Mens captain and Pip Frost will be joining as 2016 Ladies captain.

The Chairman gave a breakdown of the house and greens expenses and explained the situation with our CASC application and VAT refund, both of which will make a significant difference to our finances, if and when they are approved. The experiment of the additional areas for the sheep to graze, appears to be working well. The Winter Membership has also proved to be successful with several of the winter members converting to full membership. The club facilities has also received a 5 star rating from the Environmental Inspector, with some work required in the bar cellar. At present Shirley Friend intends to carry on looking after the catering arrangements until the end of the year and the club will run the bar.

The club made an overall loss in the year of £11,400 which is largely explained by the extra Business rate.

CASC Registration accepted

CASC stands for Community Amateur Sports Club.  KGC has now (after many years of trying and since the AGM) had its CASC registration accepted by HMRC.  This entitles the club to very significant business rate relief which last year cost us nearly £18,000.  Our registration has been backed dated so there is reason to hope we will be entitled to a rebate of at least some previous payments.  Thanks are due to David Baxendale for his long hard work on this.

Ladies’ Vice Captain’s Half Marathon

Pip Frost ran a half Marathon on 10 May and very kindly donated all her sponsorship money to the Joint Captains’ Charity – St Michael’s Hospice.  The total amounted to £565 (included estimated Gift Aid) and Pip wishes to thank all who supported her.

Kington Open championships

The 36 Hole Kington Open was played on Sunday 5th July with a field made up from 9 different golf clubs.  The Weather started fine but with nearly 18 people still out on the course with their first round to complete and some who had already started on their second round we had a cloud burst that was so heavy the 18th green was completely underwater and we had to sound the klaxon to get everyone in as it was impossible to play - we then experienced some lightning & thunder as well !  Fortunately the Weather did relent and blue skies returned and although we did have another shower it was no where near as bad and the competition continued in earnest with almost 95% of the field going back out to complete the 36 holes, as luckily we had only been held up for about 50 minutes - how quickly the greens recovered!

On a tough day with the wind and weather making good scoring very difficult Brian Dyer was the Open Champion with scores of 65 & 70 (135) playing off 12. He was closely followed by Alex Metcalfe with two 68's (136) playing off 19 though he did 4 putt the 36th hole! Richard Elmes was third with 66 & 70 (136) playing off 15.

The gross was won by Matt Weaver with excellent scores of 72 & 73 (145) followed by James Herdman 73 & 76 (149) and Ryan Hotchkiss 77 & 78 (155).  Ben Redfern won the Madigan Cup for the best nett Morning round 75 less 10 - 65 - this has to be won by a player affiliated to a Herefordshire, Radnorshire or Breckonshire Golf Club.

All in all a successful day although it could have been a nightmare if the rain had not relented and over 45 very wet and disappointed golfers would have had to come back and do it all again!

Captains’ Joint Charity Day

August 2nd is the Captains’ Joint Charity day.  This is for teams of four men, women or mixed and entry includes a light meal.  There is a draw at 11.00 for a shot gun start at 11.30.  You can down load an entry sheet from the website.

Fairway Mowing

The committee reviewed the benefits and costs of this mowing.  We believe it has enhanced the course, and with the additional preparation of areas away from the course, has reduced the affect of the sheep on the course itself.  There is an additional cost associated with the mowing roughly equivalent to one green fee per day during the cutting season.  This seems to be a reasonable price to pay and we have decided to continue with the mowing for the rest of this season and then review again.


The committee discussed smoking in the club house using e-cigarettes.  We have decided that there should be no smoking at all within the club house.  All members are requested to respect and adhere to this decision.

Supporting New Members

We are generally known as a friendly club but it can still be daunting or awkward for new members to become quickly involved and integrated.  We wish to facilitate this more in two ways;

  • Firstly, captains will be made aware of new joiners and asked to nominate a ‘golf buddy’ who will proactively help the new member find their way around
  • Secondly, there are opportunities to introduce people new to golf and help them get established as ‘golfers’ in our club.

David Mains and Sarah Walton recently ran a member/non member open day (see Proshop News below for more details). We are now looking for one or two buddies for some of these new to golf recruits.  Please contact David or Sarah if you would be willing to help.

We are currently expecting to repeat this day fairly soon, so if you know some one who would be interested, please again contact David or Sarah.

Ladies Invitation Day

The Ladies' Invitation Day took place on 9 June.  32 ladies played 18 holes of golf in less than ideal conditions!  Fingers & Forks provided a superb buffet.  Angela Wilkes & Pam Leyton from Burghill Valley G.C. came first, Lady Captain, Mary Hill & her partner  Lyn Relph from South Herefordshire G.C, came second (on countback) hotly pursued by her Vice Captain, Pip Frost and her partner Denise Laird from Ross G.C.

Past Captains' Trophy, July 2

17 Past Captains took part in the Past Captains' Trophy which was won by Wendy Priday - who promptly had her handicap cut by three!  This was followed by lunch which was also attended by the Lady Captain, Mary Hill and her Vice Captain, Pip Frost joined them.

Ladies Open

The Ladies Open day is on July 14th.  Currently 92 people are signed up including 49 visitors from 18 other clubs.

Seniors Away Day

The seniors had their mid summer away day at Raglan Parc on Thursday 9th July.  20 people took part. The sun shone and we had a very warm afternoon. We played better ball pairs plus also some individual prices.

The club had had problems with their green watering system so the greens were nearly all brown and extremely fast. This created difficult conditions for stopping the ball on the green and for keeping it there. There were many three or more putts from on the greens. The scoring was relatively low. The winning pairs score was however still impressive with Bill Didcock and Colin Mansell managing 42 points.

Seniors Open

The Seniors Open on 26th August is already very well supported with a good number of visitors signed up.  We would welcome more home players so if you are considering playing book your tee time soon.  We are happy to help with pairings if you need help.  To play contact Chris Scott on 01544 340069 or by e-mail on   Offers of raffle prizes would also be welcome.

Ken Smith Trophy

Sid Price has volunteered to captain our team of low handicap seniors for the Ken Smith Trophy.  Thanks Sid!

Defibrillator Training

This training was held at the club house on 22nd June.  About 20 people attended from all sections of the club and staff members.  The training was enjoyable and informative and we all now feel reasonable confident that we could use the defibrillator if we had to.  Signs have also been placed around the course and the club house prompting people that we have a defibrillator and what to do if they need such help.

Pro Shop News

New to Golf

The New to Golf initiative of members bringing a guest to ‘have a go at golf’ was a huge success. Seven visitors came to the event where they were invited to lunch, given a tour of our facilities, took part in a putting clinic and then they were taken onto the course to play a few holes with our members. All who attended, have signed up for the introductory 5 hour coaching program which will cover the basic shots of putting, chipping, pitching, irons and woods. At the end of the sessions we are hoping to have a member/non member fun texas scramble where they get to use some of their new found skills alongside some of our members followed by refreshments. Any member who would be interested in joining in and making our potential new members welcome, please contact Sarah in the Pro Shop or David Mains for further details.

Bridgestone Ball Fitting Day – Friday 24 th July 12pm – 4pm


Bradnor Bugle - June 2015



This is open to any Club Member over 55 not just the Senior sectionand we play 3 other Clubs home and away on a scratch basis. the golf is good but informal with sandwiches and chips in the bar afterwards. At present we have no one to run this team so we need to know anyone who is interested in either playing in or/and organising the team. Please contact Terry Weight 01568708873


This takes place on the 26th August. We usually have several entriea from other Clubs so please enter the event even if you have not played in it before and send your entries in as soon as possible to Chris Scott 01544340069


My season has got off to a slow start with the first couple of WPGA events

The first took place at Little Aston with some geeat ball striking which was unfortunately not backed up by my short game and I posted a score of 7 over. The second event was at Dunham Forest where I finished 7th with a score of 4 over but again good Birdie oppportunities passed me by and I should have finished under par.

Jamie Hughes adn I went to Little aston on the 29th May representing Kington in the Pro Am sponsored by Lombard. We finished a creditable 19th out of 62 teams shooting a score of 2 under - the winners were 7 under.

A more solid performance gives me more optimism for the next event at the Salisbure and South Wiltshire in a couple of weeks time


Bradnor Bugle - May 2105


The deadline for this year's subscription is May 1st 2015. Unpaid membership will be suspended.

members have been issued with a 2015 membership tag sticker which should be displayed on your bag. If you have not been issued with one of these please see David Mains.



Marcel has had a hard time with a 4-4 tie against Sapey at home and then a 5 1/2 - 1/2 loss to Knighton Away. The saviours of the clean sweep for Knighton were Richard Hill and Gareth Jones.

The Seniors Have done better with away wins against Llandrindod and Cleobury Mortimer and a home win against the Rolls of Monmouth. They were then second in the triangular match between Kington, Wrekin and Ludlow.

TONY HOUSE is the latest member to join the ACE CLUB - he had a hole in one at the 18th in the Committee Cup which helped assure his remarkable win in the competition with a score of 68-9-59


On the 28th April 33 brave Ladies faced the gales on Bradnor Hill to play a Waltzing Stableford.

!st Angela Wilkes, Audrey Philpott, Jane E Burgoyne

2nd Iris Corfield, Barbara Radbourne, Mary Hill

3rd Claire Burton, Audrey Fox, Liz Lockwood


Pip Frost is taking part in the Herford Half Marathon to raise funds for the joint captains charity- St Michael's Hospice.

Sponsorship forms are behind the bar - please support her as this takes a lot of hard work and training. We all wish you well,Pip,on the 10th May.



This was held at Ombersley and proved to be a perfect day both for the weather, the course condition and some of the results. Paul Finch played a blinder running up a top score of 45 points in the singles with Dave Patterson second with 44 points. First in the team competition were Mike Stanley, Ivor Morgan and Dave Patterson with 88 points. Second team was John Priday, Andy Edey and Bill Didcock also with 88 points.

 Kington Seniors Match Points

This year we are experimenting with a points based system in which points will be awarded for the success (or otherwise) of those Seniors playing in matches against other clubs. After 5 matches Andy Edey is in the lead with Terry Weight close behind and Richard Hill in third place.


KIngton Lions are holding a Charity Day at the Club on Friday 15th May. If you would like to play please contact Ruth Alexander on 01544231431 or


This is an opportunity for all members to introduce a friend or neighbour to play golf.


1.30 Meet at Clubhouse for tour of facilities

1.45 Free food with tea or coffee

2.15 Visitors putting practice

3.00 Members and vistors tee off to play holes 1-7, 11, 12 (in mixed groups of four). The Club member would lake the teeoff and play the majority of the fairway shots with the visitors putting out, depending on experience of visitors.

5.00 Return to Clubhouse


There will be a visitors prize for the number of putts, and our aim is to encourage visitors to join our Academy Programme.

If you are aware of anyone who might be interested but does not have a club member to accompany them please let David Mains know.






This will be the event of the year so keep the date free. Tickets will be available soon...if you need further information or to pre order tickets please contact

 Have you noticed the new course furniture?

The Club is always trying to keep the course looking good and up to date. Here are a few of the latest upgrades:

Tee markers that will last forever!!!

New Flags that are made to withstand our trying conditions. weatherwise.

New cups that we hopeare long lasting.

New ball washers and divot bins around the course.

Speaking of flags - the small yellow flag indicates position of hole on the green.

Ian has also highlighted a drop zone by the practice green - please use it!!


 and finally:

A little girl and her mother are at Church when the little girl starts to feel sick. Her mother tells her to go outside and find some bushes nd throw up there - somewhere behind the Church would be OK. When the little girl returns her mother asks if she found a convenient place. "Yes" the girl said "but I didn't have to go all the way around the back. There was a box near the front door that said "for the sick"!!

Bradnor Bugle - April 2015

Ladies Easter Lunch

40 Ladies played a competition over 9 holes in teams of 4 experiencing sun, hail and rain before completing the short course! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the super lunch prepared by Shirley and Ben and the meal was followed by the Presentation of Prizes for the Easter Series and the Spring Medal competitions.


Kington Lions Charity Day

Kington Lions are holding a Charity Golf Day at the Club on Friday 15th May. If you would like to play please contact RuthAlexander on 01544 231431 or


Spring and Song Supper May 7th

The Social/Fund raising Committe are organising a "follow up" to the immensly successful Carols and Mulled Wine evening. This will take the form of a Music evening involving a local choir and will take place on Thursday 7th May. Tickets are £10 and will include a glass of wine and a light supper. The tickets are available behind the Bar.


Monday, 23 March - Guinot Launch, Room Of Beauty
Niki Scott used the club facilities - including the new projection & sound system - to launch her new Guinot Range of skin care & treatments to her business Room Of Beauty.  Over 90 ladies attended and enjoyed the club house facilities very much indeed.  
Shirley provided delicious canapes showcasing her undoubted catering skills.  
Niki very kindly donated the money from the raffle to the Joint Captains' Charity, St Michael's Hospice, which raised an amazing total of £420.
Thank you Niki.
Defibrillator being installed for the Club this month

The Social & Fund raising Committee have been investigating the purchase of a Defibrillator for the Club.  After several enquires,  West Midlands Ambulance Community Officer , Noel Orbell will be bringing a De-Fib to the Club in April under their Community De-Fib Scheme for Free scheme. This is superb as a De-Fib can cost around £1,500 inc VAT to purchase.   Kington Golf Club warrants a free De-Fib under this Scheme because of its rural location.

Several members will receive free training from Noel Orbell.  

The Social & Fund raising team are organising an outdoor temperature controlled box to house the Defib and this will allow access for not only the Club members but also the general public, walkers etc.   

Details of how to access the box will be given to all members once it has been installed.  

Summer Ball at Downton, Saturday, July 11    
We still have a few tables left for the Summer Ball.   Please don't feel that you have to book an entire table of ten - you can simply book two tickets if you wish. If you would like to book please contact Niki Scott, Marcel Veillet or Mary Hill. 
Terry Weight  is in the groove as he has followed his February Hole in One with a second one in March. This time the feat was achieved on the 18th where he was able to see the ball enter the hole and savour the moment. Well done Terry.
Pip Frost, who is currently the Lady Vice Captain is taking part in the Hereford Half Marathon to raise funds for the St Michael's Hospice which is the current Joint Captains Charity. Sponsorship forms are behind the Bar. Pleas do support her - running any sort of Marathon takes a lot of preparation and hard work. We all wish Pip well on Sunday 10th May.
A happy band of players spent 2 glorious days at Aberdovey. The trip was organised in impecable style by Glyn Wictome and the players were complementary of the course although the 12th  is still missing. Winners on Day1 were 1st Andy Edey, 2nd Terry Weight, 3rd Glyn Wictome. On Day 2 the pairs winners were Paul Finch and Terry Weight.




Golf Battery Testing - Now Available


As well as stocking replacement golf trolley batteries, we are pleased to announce that we will now be able to offer an in house golf trolley battery testing service, as we have invested in an Astratec battery tester.  This unit is designed to test the capacity of 12V lead acid batteries and will give peace of mind as to whether your battery needs replacing.

The cost for this service is £10 and includes a £10 voucher towards the cost of a new battery.


Benross Club Fitting Day


Scott Nightingale, from Benross, will be coming to Kington Golf Club on Tuesday 28th April to host a Benross club fitting day.  The event will be held from 3pm – 7 pm on the practice ground.  Scott will be bringing the latest offerings from Benross including the new Speed 10 adjustable driver range and Zip It wedges.  Please contact the Pro shop for further details and to book an appointment.


Titleist Loyalty Reward

To say thank you for trusting your game to Pro V1, Titleist are rewarding your loyalty with their buy 3 dozen or more Pro V1 or Pro V1 x golf balls and receive 1 dozen free promotion.  Free personalisation on the golf balls is also included in the promotion.

To take up this offer please place your order in the Pro Shop before April 13th 2015.



A little boy was doing his Maths homework. He said to himself "two plus five that son of a bitch is seven. Three plus six, that son of a bitch is nine .............". His mother heard what he said and gasped "what are you doing?" The little boy answered "I am doing my Maths homework, Mum. "And this is how your teacher taught you to do it?" the mother asked. "Yes", he answered.

Infuriated , the mother asked the teacher next day "What are you teaching my son in Maths?" The teacher replied "right now we are learning addition". the mother asked "and you are teaching them to say two plus two that son of a bitch is four" After the teacher stopped laughing she answered, " what I taught them was two plus two THE SUM OF WHICH is four!"


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