Captain's Message – 13th February 2020

Just a quick mail to let you know that we now have 59 Castaway members with 32 signed up to play at West Berks on the 5th March – let’s hope the weather improves!!

For those of you still deciding whether to play or not, I would ask you to decide by 26th February as I need to give final numbers to the club. To remind you the cost for a round of golf, tea/coffee and bacon bap on arrival and sandwiches and chips after the game will be £20 (£8 for West Berks members) with 2 ways of paying:

  1. by cheque made out to ‘Carswell Seniors’ and sent to Brian Reid, Orchard End, Hanney Road, Southmoor, Abingdon, OX13 5HT, or,
  2. by bank transfer to: Richard Tucker, TSB account: 04978962, sort code: 77-23-05, quoting reference “Your Surname/West Berks” (this will then be fully transferred into the Carswell Seniors account)

Please reply to this email address with your intention to play and the method of payment as per the above. It’ll be £2 on the day for ‘prizes’.

As a further reminder, our 1st ‘official’ Castaways day will be Thursday 23rd April at Brickhampton Golf Club (https://www.brickhampton.co.uk/) – full details will follow, but please make a note in your diary.

In addition, although we haven’t got actual days/dates organised yet, we are working on the following week commencing dates of:

Week commencing 25th May (this will be combined with the AGM)

w/c 22nd June

w/c 27th July

w/c 24th August

w/c 21st September

Each of the ‘official’ days will be played for one of the ‘senior’ trophies (in addition to the cash prizes) and after the final away day the ‘Captain’s cup’ will be presented to the overall champion (determined by the highest aggregate stableford score from 3 of the 6 meetings). If you have any queries, questions, comments or thoughts on future venues please email me

CASTAWAYS FIRST EVER EVENT AT WEST BERKS GC ON THURSDAY 5TH MARCH 2020

Guys,

I hope you are all managing to get some golf in despite the never-ending wet conditions.

Further to my email of 4th January, and prior to the 1st of our ‘real’ Castaways monthly meets (proposed for April – September), I have now arranged an initial get together round of golf at West Berks Golf Club (www.thewbgc.co.uk) for Thursday 5th March, 1st tee time @ 10:00am (arrival from 9:00am). The cost for a round of golf, tea/coffee and bacon bap on arrival and sandwiches and chips after the game will be £20 (£8 for West Berks members). The Course is in relatively good condition considering the amount of rain we have had but let’s hope we have better weather leading up to March.

Should you wish to join us there will be 2 ways of paying:

  1. By cheque made out to ‘Carswell Seniors’ and sent to Brian Reid, Orchard End, Hanney Road, Southmoor, Abingdon, OX13 5HT, or,
  2. By bank transfer to: Richard Tucker, TSB account: 04978962, sort code: 77-23-05, quoting reference “Your Surname/West Berks” (this will then be fully transferred into the Carswell Seniors account)

Please reply to this email address with your intention to play and the method of payment as per the above.

We will have prizes as usual – 1st, 2nd & 3rd + nearest pin (11th) and longest drive (16th) plus the winner will also take home the coveted “Fat Scotsman” Trophy 😉

We now have 55 signed up members to the Castaways plus 2 more that we are waiting for their forms and payment but as this is our 1st get together I’m unsure of the numbers we will get for this game so would appreciate early replies so I can give the numbers to West Berks, therefore, the closing date will be 21st February.

We do hope you can join us for this next stage of our seniors golf.

Best regards

Brian Reid

Two More Poems about Carswell from Mark The Muse

IF (ONLY…)

If you could hit straight drives when those about you

Are hooking left or slicing to the right;

If you could mark their line though both men doubt you,

So find their balls – then hit yours out of sight;

If you could wait while fours in front are crawling,

And still stay calm and hit right through your stroke;

If you could stand aloof from all name-calling,

And calm your partner’s rages with a joke.

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If you could meet with bunkers and with water,

And treat those two dread hazards with a grin;

If you could putt in just the way you ought to,

And chip – and always chip straight to the pin;

If you could bear to see the green you’ve driven

Pocked like a teen-aged anorak with spots,

And bend to mend the pitchmarks – may they be forgiven –

Left there by all the other thoughtless clots.

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If you could watch the shot you thought a cracker

Blown by the wind a finger-breadth off course –

And find you’d shared the fate of every hacker,

But never find the ball – it’s in the gorse;

If you could stay unfazed by this disaster,

And hit your new ball slap up to the flag –

Then sink the putt to show the course who’s master,

And stay blob-free with two points in the bag.

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If you’d got forty points down on your score card

And put it in quite sure that you had won –

And then found out some undeserving bastard

Had handed in a card with forty-one;

If you could sit and smile to see him win it,

And clap as if you’re really having fun,

You’d win the Cup of Life with champagne in it,

And – which is more – you’d be a Saint, my son!

MAWB November 2005

SAND FEVER

 (an elegy for the Kermit bunkers on the fourth hole at Carswell)

I must down to the sand again, behind the bunker’s wall,

And all I ask is a clean shot an inch behind the ball.

And all I ask is a view of the green as I settle to the task,

And shuffle my feet and waggle my club – is that too much to ask?

oOo

I must play out of the sand again, for the first was a miserable mess;

I’ve scuffed it up behind the wall and now I can see even less.

So all I can do is play out to the left and hope to avoid the rough;

Then hit over the pond and stay in bounds? Even Tiger would find that tough.

oOo

I’ve got it out of the sand at last – a horrible hoick with my wedge.

It shot past the lads teeing off on the fifth and nearly knee-capped Reg.

I’m four shots adrift and the other chap is on the green in three:

It’s not a question of mastering golf – those bunkers have mastered me.

(with acknowledgement to John Masefield)

MAWB April 2007

Captain's Newsletter- 4th January 2020

Firstly, Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the new era of the Carswell Seniors (to be known as the Castaways).

I’d like to thank the outgoing Seniors Captain Richard for all his hard work throughout last year and previous years,  it now appears that I have finished my apprenticeship and am now in my probationary period as the Seniors Captain in what will be a very different golfing year for us all.

Further to Richard’s emails on the 6/11/19 and 14/12/19, no new officers for the committee have been proposed and no objections have been raised to the constitution (as detailed on the seniors website), therefore it’ll be the task of myself and the other members of the committee, Nick Tomaszewski (Vice), Peter Ellen (Treasurer), Terry Clark (Secretary & website), Bill Baker (Competitions), Richard Tucker (Entertainments) and Bob Howard (Golf venues), to make the new golfing environment of the Carswell Seniors (to be known as the Castaways) as enjoyable as possible.

We now have 49 members who have joined the Castaways (i.e. sent form and paid) and a few more that have made clear their intention to join. We will continue to use the Carswell Seniors website (www.carswellseniors.com) and emails will be predominately be sent from the carsseniors@outlook.com email address. For those who have not yet joined/registered it is important to note that to be kept in the loop you will need to register, as this will be the final mail you will be included in, and it will help us comply with GDPR rules. I have attached a membership form should you still wish to join.

I thought I should outline what our current thoughts are regarding the frequency of our golf days. It is our intention to have one a month between April – September choosing courses not too far away from us (some being at courses we have joined and some that are new to us) – each one will be played for one of the Seniors ‘Trophies’. Actual dates will be sent out as soon as we can in order for you to put dates in your diary. I am also going to speak with my club, West Berks, to see whether I can arrange a day along the lines of the ones we had at Drayton and Hinksey Heights for either the end February or early March – I will email as soon as its arranged.

For those that have joined, or are planning to join and to help us choose future venues it would be helpful to get your views as to:

  1. distance you are willing to travel (using Carswell as the starting point),
  2. we intend to keep costs down but to help us decide, what kind of food would you expect, i) bacon bap on arrival + sandwiches after the round, ii) a more filling sit-down meal after the round, or iii) no food at all?

If you could respond by the end of January this will help Bob and I locate suitable venues for our future golf games.

In addition to the golf, we intend to hold a couple of social events such as quiz nights, race nights etc during the year. Obviously we now don’t have a venue to hold these but the Presentation Evening held in December at Wantage Comrades club seemed to go down well, and the cost to hire the room was very reasonable, so this seems a sensible choice although we are open to other venues. If you are aware of any other venues, please let me know.

I will send out the new ‘Castaways’ contact list towards the end of January.

The Carswell Seniors accounts for 2019 have now been finalised and can be found on our website home page (www.carswellseniors.com). Follow the link on the home page and then use the password Cars19 (case sensitive), it will remain available to view throughout January 2020.

Finally, happy golfing and I hope those that haven’t yet joined will join and that I’ll see you all soon.

Regards

Brian Reid