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 ( and emails will be predominately be sent from the 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 ( 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.


Brian Reid

Captain’s Report for 2019

Captain’s Report 2019

Well, how do I start with my Captain’s end of year report, so much happened during this time which pales into insignificance with recent events.

During the year we enjoyed various functions within the club such as, away days, race nights, the popular quiz nights and of course the annual BBQ, not to mention some of the team games concocted up by the competitions secretary.

The Seniors Open was one of the most successful that I had experienced during my six years membership at Carswell and this was undoubtably due to the hard work of the Vice Captain, so thanks go to Brian For a job well done.

 We ended the year with the presentation / Christmas celebrations with eighty one members and their guests attending, Terry Clark has posted the photographs of the presentations onto the website for all to view.

During my time has Captain I owe a great deal of thanks to the committee members who supported me during the year and they truly are the backbone of the Seniors, their efforts make everything happen seamlessly whether it’s a weekly roll up, away days, financial management or inter club matches for which they gain little or no appreciation for giving up their own time and on occasions money.

As we now all move onto different clubs I’m confident that we will look back and appreciate what we had at Carswell, the membership was well supported and certainly in my experience a place that I enjoyed playing every week, it also provided me the chance to socialise with everyone, however I certainly believe in the saying “never look back” and I’m sure  Brian with the support of Nick Tomaszewski as his vice captain along with the continuance of the committee members the seniors will flourish going forward.

I understand that more than 35 members have now signed up for the next year with a few more waiting in the wings, this proves that there is a will to ensure the section continues, for those yet to decide I have also attached a form to this mail.

You can find the constitution for the new set up on the seniors’ website in the documents section.

It is important to note that should anyone wish to be kept in the loop that they sign up by the end of December as only those registered will receive any communication regarding games and any other events.

The financial results of 2019 will be published as and when finalised on the seniors’ website.

I look forward to meeting up with everyone when the seniors play together in the New Year.

As this is likely to be my last communication to everyone it only falls on me now to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.



Trophy Winners 2019

Prizewinners 2019 
Seniors Medals 
AprilGlyn Williams
MayKeith Hardinge
JuneTony Dyet
JulyKeith Hardinge
AugustAlan Kirkpatrick
SeptemberDave Merrison
Captains CupChris Curd
Knighton TrophyRon Jones    
Veterans CupBill Baker  
Old Oak TrophyRicky Braybrooke
Morgan Pairs    
Winners   Alan Kirkpatrick & Richard Belcher
Alec Baker Putter      
Winner Gordon Neilson
Singles Knockout 
WinnerBrian Rawle
Runner UpGraham Brindley
Pairs Knockout           
WinnersBill Baker & Chris Curd
Runners UpArthur Strain & Peter Metcalfe
Casuals Cup
WinnerRichard Bramwell
Division 1 Cup
WinnerGlyn Williams
WinnerRichard Tucker (C/B)
Runner UpPaul Wynn  (C/B)

Captains Newsletter – 6th November 2019


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

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.


Richard Tucker

15 Greenheart Way




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!

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Draft Seniors Committee Minutes – 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.