WELCOME FROM YOUR 2021 CAPTAINS

Billy Morrison: Like many Captains, due to the Corona Virus, I have the privilege and honour of representing this Golf Club for another year. To be allowed to be a Club Captain is the greatest honour any golfer can achieve, and I am immensely proud to be have been given the opportunity to be Club Captain at Alfreton Golf Club for the year 2020 and now continuing into 2021.

This year I am delighted to welcome my Vice Captain, Philip Taylor to assist me and represent this great Golf Cub.  I would also like to thank our outgoing Lady Captain, Linda Baston for all her hard work last year and all that we achieved during such a difficult time. Both myself and new Lady Captain Val Sharpe are looking forward to what should be an equally rewarding and hopefully more sociable year.

With a diary of competitions, matches and social events planned for the year, we would encourage you, your families, and guests to participate in as many events as possible. Particularly the mixed competitions which were well received by everyone who played in them last year. I am looking forward to playing golf and taking part in social and fund-raising events with as many of you as possible in my year as Captain.

Great improvements on the course have been achieved by Head Greenkeeper Alex Roberts and his team. One of the positives to come from Lockdowns was enabling them to continue work to on the course with major projects such as Improved tees, pathways and the shaping of the course.  His continued hard work along with our green staff, volunteers and greens committee can only benefit our club members, guests, visitors and societies alike.

Although access to the Clubhouse was limited last year, we have the facilities in place to be used as and when required. With thanks to our social committee and your continued support this coming year, hopefully things will return to as near normal as possible.

I would like to thank the many volunteers we have in every area of the club for both the expertise they provide and for the time they give the club for free.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s charity will be ‘East Midlands Freewheelers’. A group of volunteers who deliver blood, milk and organs for the NHS. Please support us where you can for this very worthwhile cause.

Please get in touch with me anytime during the year if you want further information or support before taking part in club events or have any issues regarding the course. You can email me at willmo1861@talktalk.net. Sorry I can’t help you with your golf swing however please remember our Professional Nev Hallam for any issues in that department.

My warm and very best wishes for a successful golfing year 2021/22.

Val Sharpe: I am honoured to be representing the Ladies Section of Alfreton Golf Club for 2021 as their Lady Captain and I am delighted to welcome Beryl Stewart as my Vice Captain.

A friendly welcome awaits any lady who is interested in playing or learning how to play golf. New members whatever their standard, are always welcome and encouraged to join in with other lady members.

I look forward to working alongside Billy Morrison, our Club Captain 2021, hoping this year will be a successful and happy golfing year.

With thanks from your Captains; Val Sharpe and Billy Morrison

 

A brief history

To celebrate our Golf Club, we asked Bruce and Lorna Morris, to give us some of their memories of past times at Alfreton Golf Club:

They recall how they joined; it was in 1962 when they were invited to the annual dinner and dance at the Royal Alfred Hotel. By the end of that evening, their application form had been signed and a month later became members, paying £7 guineas annual subscription plus a £2 guinea entry fee!

Course development is too big a subject, but it is remarkable that the changes have nearly all been completed by staff and members.

Who remembers the old wooden clubhouse? It came from Swanwick Hayes Conference Centre and had been used to house German and Italian prisoners during WWII. It had a small room on entry with a bar, fireplace, two settees, the ‘billiard table’ and a one armed bandit. Glass doors led to the long room which had settees, tables and chairs. The floor on party nights was a bit like a bouncy castle and had to be stiffened. The room was set off by a huge brickwork fireplace and a grate for log fires; though smoky at times it was always a welcome sight.

In 1974 the Derbyshire lady veterans preferred it to the stormy day outside, playing bridge with plenty of G&Ts. Declaring ‘its lovely don’t ever replace it’. But time marches on and the new clubhouse was opened in 1976.

Social events were of great importance including dinner dances that over the years have been held at various venues such as:

  • The New Bath Hotel in Matlock when the tickets were £2.50 and a room for the night £2.
  • The New Pacific at Somercotes, it was the Empire cinema and now a fishing tackle shop.
  • Hills Café Alfreton where at about 11.30pm they served a supper table of all chocolatey things.
  • In 1992: The Club House with surrounding marquee for Centenary Year was magical.

By the way, in the 70s every ticket to the Annual Dinner/Dance had to be, by tradition, a personal invitation from the Captain!

The men’s annual dinner was always in the clubhouse, and one year the caterers came from Chesterfield bringing a full field kitchen, setting it up down the 9th fairway and providing a full Christmas dinner.

The room was so packed for the occasion, you had to eat in sequence, odds leaned backwards, evens ate, then you alternated. If you were on the outside of the table and wanted a comfort break you had to crawl under it to get out.

The tradition of ‘Taking wine with the Captain’ was a laugh; toasting winners, losers, visitors, anything or anybody, so by the time of the actual presentation everyone was certainly in HIGH SPIRITS!

Back in the time before drinking laws after social functions, most arranged lifts or were collected, but for the ‘die hards’, around 2am, Dot Turner and later Sue Turnbull would bring out bacon butties and after that anyone wanting a lift home could rely on Dot or Sue as they both had a mattress in the back of their vans and would cart you safely off!

Thanks to Bruce and Lorna for these recollections, apologies for having to edit out some others, but perhaps you can stop them and ask for further memories, including the plans to reroute the A38 through the golf course!!