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 ( 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


The Seniors have a camera.

What is it? It is a Panasonic Lumix DMC -TZ80. It is a point and shoot camera with a Leica 30x Optical Zoom and 18.1 megapixel resolution. It cost £229 – for the careful spenders this amounts to around 60p per year per member over 5 years.

Why was it bought? To allow the website to carry high resolution pictures. The website was created for free, saving an estimated £600, and requires in the region of 2 hours per week upkeep. The website works better with pictures of a good quality and size. The Committee thought it unreasonable to expect the website manager to continue using his own camera at his own risk for this purpose.

Were there alternatives? The Panasonic is good value for money. Mobile Phone cameras have typically 60% of the resolution of the Panasonic and none of the flexibility of its zoom lens so were deemed not to be adequate for this purpose. In any event it is just as unreasonable to expect a club member to carry around his personal phone let alone his camera for this purpose.

Where is it kept? Currently it is retained by a Committee member.

(Posted 4th December 2018 amended 24th March 2019)