Jamie’s Blog

Well what can I say?  This year really has been a rollercoaster with so many ups and down’s, but the one thing that has stayed completely consistent throughout is the incredible support from all of you – our fantastic members.  Thank you so much for your continued support.  We would not have been able to run the twelve events from July without you and, of course, presented 15 Sunshine Coaches!

I have also been very fortunate to have had such great support starting from the top with our Captain, Len Goodman, our Executive Committee, our President Jimmy Tarbuck and my colleague, Samantha.  But I would like to make special mention and thanks to our Chairman, Pip Burley, who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes and has been a huge help to me.  As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going!

I would like to say a huge ‘thank-you’ to all of the members who have once again stepped up and agreed to sponsor the events because without this support it really wouldn’t be the same.

I have great pleasure in confirming our 2021 schedule – (please see attached) I hope you agree, the list of courses we have booked, in my opinion are outstanding and I have also included some new courses such as Swinley Forest GC which will be a great venue to kickstart our season on March 11th. We also have two major champions, Ian Woosnam and John Daly, booked to host our ‘Sunshine Classic’ and ‘Variety Pro Invitational’ events along with a new Ladies European Tour Pro- Am.

There is also a very special new event in honour of our 2009 past captain, Ray Clemence (right), who passed away only a few weeks ago. We are running the Ray Clemence Footballer’s Invitational at Hankley Common in April, where we will also present a Sunshine Coach in Ray’s name.

Sadly, we weren’t able to run our Christmas Lunch on the 16th due to Tier 3 restrictions – but it wasn’t through lack of trying!  That said, I have decided to extend our online auction a few more days so it will now close on Sunday 20th December at 7pm, So, do support us in this way if you can.

In its own way, 2020 has been a great year for Variety Golf.  We have kept going, overcome a lot of challenges along the way, and managed to present fifteen Sunshine Coaches. But I won’t be sorry that its over!

So, have a great Christmas, be careful, and let’s all look forward to a healthier New Year – whatever it brings…

2021-01-25T12:52:34+00:00December 21st, 2020|

Variety Golf Christmas Online Auction

So far, we have raised just under £7,500 on the online auction, plus some more donations from the Christmas Lunch tickets, which is great.  But we do have some fantastic fully donated auction items left.

There are tons of sporting memorabilia items, a beautiful Tag Heuer watch – and even a ‘unique-money-can’t-buy’ evening for two with Chef Michel Roux Jr at his Michelin star restaurant Le Gavroche!

We also have a very special donated item – a brand-new Fiat 500 Rockstar 1.0 litre hybrid car – what a fantastic Christmas or Birthday present for your wife/partner/son/daughter, or even Grandchild!

Our target is still to reach £25,000 which will enable us to present our 16th Sunshine Coach for 2020.  So, please take a look at the link below and if you have any questions please let Jamie  know.

Click here for VARIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCH ONLINE AUCTION

2020-12-19T10:30:02+00:00December 19th, 2020|

Sam Head’s Christmas Charity Golf Day at Moor Park

On Tuesday 15th December, Samantha held her annual Charity Golf day at our home course, Moor Park.  With a great turnout of 17 teams it was played in some much-needed sunshine and a great day was had by all.

The scoring was incredible, and the results were as follows:

1st: Mark Ramprakash/Andy Williamson/Mike Logue/Laurence Saffer – 96 points

2nd: William Saunders/Paul Richards/Mike O’Shea/David Hambridge – 94 points

3rd: Daniel Sims/Jonathan Hill/Grant Gallafant/Matthew Reynolds – 92 points

4th: Richard Wigg/Bill Barrett/Don Benton/Nicki Reynolds – 91 points

Nearest the Pin: Dickon Bowden

Samantha’s online auction raised just over £4,000 plus another £2,000 raised on the day – so a grand total of around £6,000 raised for Variety Golf just before Christmas. Well done, Sam!

2020-12-19T10:26:51+00:00December 19th, 2020|

January 2021 Monthly ‘100’ Club Draw

We will, of course, be continuing our popular and successful Monthly Prize Draw into 2021 and there some great prizes to be won when we pick the winners of our first draw of 2021 on January 2nd.  Here they are:

1st Prize:  A Custom Fit Ping Driver of your choice!

2nd Prize: An overnight stay at The Royal Lancaster Hotel including breakfast

3rd Prize: A pair of Skechers golf shoes of your choice!

4th Prize: Three course Lunch or Dinner at The Waldorf Hotel in Covent Garden including a glass of bubbly

REMEMBER – YOU’VE GOT TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT!

So, if you haven’t already signed up and would like to enter, please contact Jamie.

2020-12-19T10:25:23+00:00December 19th, 2020|

A Message from the President

“2020 has been an extraordinary year for us all.  Let’s hope that next year will be full of more pleasant surprises and that when we get back on the golf courses in March we will re-discover the pleasure of playing the sport we love at its best as well as enjoying the friendship and fellowship so unique to our Society.”

JIMMY TARBUCK, OBE, OStJOHN, PRESIDENT, VARIETY GOLF

2020-12-19T10:23:48+00:00December 19th, 2020|

December Prize Draw

WINNERS OF OUR DECEMBER PRIZE DRAW

1ST PRIZE: Lunch or Dinner for Four at a Gordon Ramsay Restaurant of your choice  (Includes 8 different locations around London) – ROGER RIGGS

2ND PRIZE: Golf for 2 people to play with Mark Ramprakash & Jamie Little at Sandy Lodge GC  – GAVIN WILDING

3RD PRIZE: 9 hole Playing lesson with Samantha Head – HOWARD PETERMAN

4TH PRIZE: Dozen Titliest Pro V1 balls – ROGER DE COURCEY

2020-12-03T12:15:18+00:00December 3rd, 2020|

RIP Ray Clemence, 1948-2020

It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of our greatest supporters and ex-Captains, Ray Clemence, who died on Saturday, November 14th.

Ray was diagnosed with cancer in 2005 and had been battling the disease bravely for the last fifteen years.

His distinguished career in football included five league titles and three European Cups with Liverpool between 1967 and 1981. He also lifted the FA Cup, League Cup and two Uefa Cups during his time at Anfield.

In total, he made 470 league appearances for Liverpool before joining Tottenham. During his seven-year spell at Spurs, Clemence helped the club retain the FA Cup in 1982 and clocked up 330 appearances.

The legendary goalkeeper, capped by England on 61 occasions, also worked on the north London club’s coaching staff and was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame in November 2014.

He made his England debut in 1972 and spent the majority of his 11-year international career in a battle with Peter Shilton for the number-one shirt.

He captained the Three Lions for the first and only time in a narrow defeat to Brazil at Wembley in 1981 and later took up the role of goalkeeper coach with the Football Association.

He was Captain of the Variety Club Golf Society in 2009.

2020-11-16T10:33:29+00:00November 16th, 2020|

Jamie’s Blog

I hope you are keeping safe and well. On behalf of Variety Golf, the Children’s Charity, thank you so much for supporting us this year.

It’s obviously been a challenging twelve months and with the start of our season delayed until the middle of July, we’ve had a jam-packed schedule. Having said that, every event has been a ‘sell out’ and I am delighted to say that we are on course to have presented twelve Sunshine Coaches in the six months from July to December. An amazing result bearing in mind the challenges we have had to overcome.

Rather than just give up when the Covid problem was first announced, we have worked on the basis of planning our events in advance knowing that we might have to re-schedule or even cancel them later. This has worked well for us and we intend to carry on working in the same way during the winter months and into 2021. I know we can rely on you for the same magnificent support going forward.

As things stand, we still have our Christmas Lunch, hosted by our President, Jimmy Tarbuck, at the Richmond Club on December 9th and, in the light of the second lockdown announced this week, we can only hope it will still happen. We have two Sunshine Coaches lined up to present and, if all goes well, it will be a really fun occasion and help to round up our year’s fundraising on a high note. Again, thank you all very much and I hope to see you very soon.

2020-11-04T10:44:54+00:00November 4th, 2020|

November Prize Draw

Our Captain, Len Goodman, drew out the names at the prizegiving of our last official event of the season, The Sir Bruce Forsyth Trophy at Sunningdale. The five prize winners were:

1st PRIZE: Apple I-Pad (kindly sponsored by Joe Hemani) – David Murrell

2nd PRIZE: Golf for 3 at Sandy Lodge GC with Jamie Little – Stuart Bell

3rd PRIZE: 9-Hole Playing lesson with Samantha Head – Wally Downes

4th PRIZE: £100 Gift Voucher at Complete Golfer – Steve Daniels

5th PRIZE: Two Dozen Titliest Pro V1 Variety Golf Balls – Steve Coppell

2020-11-04T10:23:45+00:00November 4th, 2020|
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