Captains Newsletter – 6th November 2019

Gentlemen

The Future

The Carswell Golf Club is no more but the Seniors Section will carry on to the end of the year and will then become the Carswell Castaways Golf Society with the constitution that you can find on the documents page of the website www.carswellseniors.com.

Voting for a Committee

Because we do not have a “home” club, voting will be by email or post. We do need to elect a new Committee for 2020 for the Society.The following people have been proposed by the present Committee as the Officers of the Society (i.e. the new Committee).

· Brian Reid (Captain)

· Nick Tomaszewski (Vice Captain)

· Peter Ellen (Treasurer)

· Terry Clark (Secretary)

· Bill Baker (Competitions Secretary)

· Bob Howard, (Venue Organiser)

· Tony Dyet (Handicap Secretary)

Should any member wish to propose some other member for one or more of the Offices you should do so by sending TO ME BY EMAIL OR POST the name of the person and that of a seconder to be received before the 30th November 2019.

If there is a contest for any of these posts then it will carried out before the year end.

Membership 2020

To renew your membership please print off the form attached and deliver it along with a cheque for £10 to the Treasurer or any Committee Member by 31st January 2020.

Note: 1. It has been necessary to set the fee at £10 to reflect the probable extra cost of being without a home club, continuation of the website and any administration costs, This will be reviewed at the end of the year.

2. Cheques only please because with fees being passed from person to person it is essential to provide an audit trail.

Regards

Richard Tucker

Richard_tucker1@btinternet.com

15 Greenheart Way

Southmoor

Oxon

OX135DF

A Gathering At Hinksey Heights

On Friday 1st November around 20 ex Carswell Seniors met for a roll up at Hinksey Heights arranged by Roger Fletcher who is a member there. It was a grey and miserable day (both weather and golfing wise). The course including the greens were quite sodden. Nevertheless a good time was had by all. Brian Reid romped home as the winner. Old friendships were renewed. After the golf Captain Richard Tucker took the opportunity to present the Old Oaks Trophy to Ricky Braybrooke who is shortly off to Australia for his customary taste of sunshine whilst the rest of us freeze. Ricky looked appropriately surprised and pleased – in equal measure!

SPECIAL OFFERS FOR EX CARSWELL PLAYERS

Shrivenham Park –01793 783853 – Membership for 6 months @ £275. Wednesday round £7. Free golf on Thursdays and weekends (after 9am) until 3rd Nov. Usual ID. Booking only 01793 783853 or 07854085155.

Drayton – for the month of October, Drayton will allow FREE golf to Carswell members, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and after noon at the weekends, on sight of Carswell membership proof (fee receipt or bag tag). Book tee times in advance. Pro shop phone is: 01235 550607. From 1st Nov there will be a reduced membership until next April £300/£250 7/5 day.

Witney Lakes –

  • Half Price Green Fees October, November & December
  • Joining Fee scrapped. Set Up Fee usually £49.00 – reduced to £29.00.  Full Fees 1st November 2019 onward
  • £80 to spend at the club (via the membership card) to any member recommending a new recruit.

Hinksey Heights – for the 6 months to the end of March 2020 membership at a special rate of £175.00. “Taster” round during October at a special rate of £10.00 per player.

Draft Seniors Committee Minutes – 17th October 2019

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE CARSWELL GOLF CLUB SENIORS SECTION  HELD AT DRAYTON GOLF CLUB ON THURSDAY 17th OCTOBER 2019
Present:   Richard Tucker (Captain)
Brian Reid ( Vice Captain)
Peter Ellen (Treasurer)
Terry Clark (Match Secretary)
By Invitation:-
Tony Dyet (Club Handicap Secretary)
Peter Pitts (Past Treasurer)
1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Apologies received from John Ordish (Secretary) and Bob Howard (Away Day Secretary)
2. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING The Minutes were taken as read and confirmed.
3. OUTLINE OF EVENTS There has been very little change.  D&C Golf Ltd, the Carswell Management company, have gone into voluntary liquidation. Carswell gates remain closed.  Gerry Lisi has refused to return our Trophies until he has spoken to his lawyer.  He is not reopening the course and it is believed he is sanctioning mining for minerals on the course. Today’s Captain v Vice Captain match is likely to be the last competitive function of the Carswell Seniors.
4. FINANCIAL APPRAISAL AND RECOVERY OF SENIORS ASSETS. RT is to attend a further meeting with Gerry Lisi on Tuesday about the Trophies.  If he again refuses to hand them over he and the Liquidators will be sent letters explaining that the Seniors are their sole owners and they should be returned to us.  XXXXXXX REDACTED. Note:   It was agreed to put to the members of the Section by way of email vote that remaining assets be transferred to the proposed Society (RT).  
5. CARSWELL SENIORS MATCHES FOR 2020. It was agreed to inform other Clubs Seniors that the Section cannot honour the fixtures already agreed so as to allow them to use the dates for other purposes.  TC to action.
6. FORMATION OF CARSWELL SENIORS GOLF SOCIETY It had been decided to form a Society with those attending this meeting and Bob Howard to be responsible for its formation.  It is expected that there will be 6 to 8 competitions per year centring on the summer months. The tasks/offices allocated are Brian Reid (Captain), Richard Tucker (Entertainments Secretary), Peter Ellen (Treasurer), Bill Baker (Competitions Secretary), Bob Howard, (Venue Organiser), Tony Dyet (Handicap Secretary), Terry Clark (Secretary).  These positions are created to oversee the formation and there will be elections for officers at the first AGM.   Note: There is to be a ballot of members of the Seniors Section to seek approval of the concept and of the constitution (RT).  TC to draft a constitution that can be put to the members.
7. PRESENTATION EVENING The Presentation Evening is confirmed for Friday 13th December 2019 at the Comrades Club in Wantage.  Cost will include the band Wipe Out (£240 already booked), hire of rooms and cleaning (£25) and food.  It was agreed that there should be a charge of £5 per head for each member and £5 for one guest; additional guests to be charged £10 per head.  TC to devise reply form.  RT to circulate. Note: RT was to ask John Ordish to look after the provision of medals and mementoes.  

The Death of Carswell Golf Club (after Heraclitus)

They told me, Carswell Golf Club, they told me you’d gone bust –

My twenty five years membership’s been blown away like dust.

I grieve as I remember how twice a week or more

I played with high ambition – but an even higher score.

I’m having nightmares nightly about rewilding the course – 

I see badgers chipping hedgehogs to greens submerged in gorse –

But long may Carswell Seniors, the Castaways, convene

For golf, and at the nineteenth hole, for toasts to what has been.

Mark Baker (with apologies to Callimachus and William Johnson Cory)

Draft Minutes of Seniors Committee – 3rd October 2019

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE CARSWELL GOLF CLUB SENIORS SECTION  HELD AT WYCHWOOD GOLF CLUB ON THURSDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2019
Present:   Richard Tucker (Captain)
Brian Reid ( Vice Captain)
Peter Ellen (Treasurer)
Terry Clark (Match Secretary)
By Invitation:-
 Bob Howard (Away Day Secretary)
Tony Dyet (Club Handicap Secretary)
Peter Pitts (Past Treasurer)
1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Apologies received from John Ordish (Secretary) and Bill Baker (Competitions Secretary)
2. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING The Minutes were taken as read and confirmed.
3. MATTERS ARISING None
4. OUTLINE OF EVENTS
Current Situation. D&C Golf Ltd , the Carswell Management company, is going into voluntary liquidation and has ceased trading. Its liabilities considerably exceed its assets. It’s lease of the course and buildings has reverted to Gerry Lisi but he appears to have decided not to reopen the Club.  The Club for all intents and purposes no longer exists.  The members appear to have accepted this and many are joining other Clubs.  A meeting with the Mens Section Committee achieved nothing.  TD is finding out how to transfer Carswell handicaps to other clubs and will inform members if there are any problems.
The Future. The Captain reported that a vast number of Seniors have said they want to retain links with each other and the best way to do this is to form a Golf Society. Everyone concurred with this proposal.
5. NEED FOR GENERAL MEETING. Because the membership is so spread it seemed impractical to hold a General Meeting and all matters requiring members’ approval is to be put to them by way of an email vote.
6. FINANCIAL APPRAISAL AND RECOVERY OF SENIORS ASSETS. The Treasurer is to assess the total assets of the Seniors that include cash, money at bank, pa system, camera, laptop, printer, bench.  RT and BR are to attend Carswell Friday 4th October to retrieve trophies. There are unresolved problems about what to do with the trophies if we can recover them. By the time bills for outstanding activities are paid there is unlikely to be a large amount of cash outstanding.  It will be necessary to allocate  money for the remaining prizes, 6 medals and glass mementoes   It was agreed to put to the members of the Section by way of email vote that remaining assets be transferred to the proposed Society (RT)
7. FORMATION OF CARSWELL SENIORS GOLF SOCIETY It was decided form a Society with those attending this meeting to be responsible for its formation.  RT will ballot members of the Seniors Section.  The Society to meet for the purpose of playing Golf approximately monthly.  Membership of the Society to be eligible to members of the former Section.  The probably name will be the Carswell Castaways Golf Society.  PE volunteered to be the Treasurer of the Society as having this offer in existence was essential to the formation.  There shall be a joining fee of £10 – also to be put to the members by email vote (RT).
8. REMAINING ACTIVIES OF THE SENIORS SECTION The Match at Witney on Thursday 10th October will proceed.  The Captain will attempt to join a few other players into this match. The Captain will enquire with the Captain of the Ladies Section whether the planned match will go ahead but this is unlikely. The Captain v Vice Captain subsidised match will go ahead and will become open to all members.  The date is Thursday 17th October.  BH will try to find a venue firstly at Drayton then at Witney. The Presentation Evening will proceed with the intended date being Friday 13th December 2019.  Likely venue is the Wantage Comrades Club in Wantage.  Likely cost will have to cover the band Wipe Out (already booked), hire of rooms (£50) and food.  TC will make enquires of the Comrades Club.  RT and BR to look at other possible venues such as Southmoor Village Hall or Snooty Mehman.  RT to ask John Ordish to look after the provision of medals and mementoes. The Colin Pedley competition will not be played this year. The website will continue initially as a resource for the members of the Section and then to support the new Society.

GET YOUR MONEY BACK STUFF

D&C Golf suggest enquiries relating to the liquidation of D&C Golf
Ltd. be made to Robert Day and Co at mail@robertday.biz. Click here
for the circular issued by Robert Day outlining the procedure to make
claims.

Direct Debits to D&C Golf – make sure they are cancelled NOW.

Credit Card Payers – Contact your card provider.  You should should be
able to get a refund.  Nationwide for instance have said to tell them that
contact with  the merchant D&C Golf has failed there being no reply on the phone or at the clubhouse. You will need proof of purchase (basically your
statement).  With Nationwide you can do the rest by email or they will
send you a form to fill in.  A useful link is  http://www.theukcardsassociation.org.uk/individual/section-75-for-credit-card-purchases.asp However there may be a problem if you are not the primary card holder so beware.

SENIORS NEWS

There will be a Meeting of Seniors Committee on Thursday to
(a) Find out what is happening after asking Gerry Lisi and Liquidator of
D&C Golf Ltd
(b) If Club is finished to decide what to do with Seniors property.

The Captain of the Mens Section met with Gerry Lisi on Monday 30th Sept
2019. The green keepers have been made redundant. The course is closed unless a buyer can be found. However the gates will be open this Friday 4th October for members to collect any clubs etc that they own.

If you need a handicap certificate (i e to confirm your membership of CGC)
go to Howdidido, click on more, click on handicap, up come your qualifying
results, and there just above your qualifying results (on the top left) there’s
a star for certificate, click and up comes your handicap cert which you can now print.