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Sad News - Les James

December 2023

Members and Friends of the Golf Club Stewards Association will be very sad to learn that Les James, Past National Chairman and life member passed away peacefully on Friday 15th December 2023. Les had been battling dementia for quite a while and was a resident in a care home.

Our thoughts are with Les’s family at this sad time. Les was an active member with the Midland Section for many years, he served on the National Executive Committee and in 2011 was National Chairman.

In the times when the Association had a presence at The Open Les provided a great deal of hard work and valued support to his fellow OPEN team.

Les pictured with great friends and fellow members Mike Moffitt, Roger Parker and Steve Brothwell at the 2001 Open Championship at Muirfield

The Funeral will be held on Thursday 18th January, 2.30pm at Perry Barr Crematorium, Birmingham, with a reception afterwards, details of which to be confirmed as will the details for people who wish to make a donation.



National Meeting at Clacton on Sea Golf Club

- Monday 18th September 2023 –

Members and guests returned to Clacton on Sea Golf Club for the first time in 4 years and as always the club that was at the heart of the start of the Association 111 years ago provided us with wonderful hospitality, great food and a superbly challenging golf course. There was representation from the Southern, East Anglian and Midland sections.
As we sat in the clubhouse enjoying our bacon rolls the weather outside was atrocious, windy with rain lashing down it didn’t look very appealing at all but as our tee times got closer the weather got brighter and we all completed our rounds in the dry but the wind was very strong and that alone was very challenging.

The Stewards trophy winner was Tom Crouch from Bury St Edmunds golf Club with a superb 35 points. Sadly Tom had to leave before the presentation. National Chairman Phil Beer was second with 34 points and Kevin Fletcher was 3rd with 32 points. The winning guest was Alan Hull from Stowmarket Golf Club with an exceptional 39 points a really brilliant round in the tricky conditions.

Following a superb roast beef and yorkshire pudding meal followed by lemon merange pie. National Chairman Phil Beer thanked everybody for attending and proceeded with prize presentations



This is what Tom Crouch ‘s presentation could have looked like had he been able to stay

1st Tom Crouch 35 points

2nd Phil Beer 34 points and nearest the pins on 7th & 15th

3rd Kevin Fletcher 32 points

Best Guest & Nearest the pin on 17th
Alan Hull 39 points

Nearest the pin on 2nd & 5th
John Billings

Great Hospitality at Clacton On Sea Golf Club – Thank you!



Peterborough Milton Golf Club - Monday 14th August 2023

The 2023 Golf Club Steward’s Association National Chairman’s day was hosted by Peterborough Milton Golf Club in Cambridgeshire. This year’s Chairman Phil Beer working closely with Association Treasurer and Peterborough Milton Steward, Richard Berry provided us all with and excellent day. The course was in great condition and we were all able to avoid the heavy rain that was forecast. There was a strong swirling wind that caught a few players out on the back nine. One person it certainly didn’t catch out was the run-away winner Kingsley Pullen who scored an amazing 43 points 8 points ahead of 2nd placed David Laidlaw from the Midland section, with John Billings from the Southern section coming a close 3rd place with 33 points. The winning guest Stuart Price on 36 points supplemented his round with a fabulous hole in one at the short 11th. He generously bought everyone a drink in celebration of his achievement.

Following a delicious two course meal the Chairman thanks all for attending and thanked Richard and his team and Peterborough Milton Golf Club management and green staff for a great day.




1st - Kingsley Pullen - 43 points winning the Lord Roslyn Trophy

2nd - David Laidlaw - 35 points

3rd - John Billing - 33 points

Guest Prize

1st - Stuart Price - 36 points

Nearest The Pins
2nd - Phil Beer
9th - Graham Arnold
11th - Stuart Price (Hole in One)
16th - Phil Beer

NEXT NATIONAL EVENT – Clacton Golf Club Monday 18th September 2023



Vale of Llangollen Golf Club – Dee Valley North East Wales 31st July 2023

The Midland section of the Golf Club Stewards Association held the Midland Section President’s  Day  at the Vale of Llangollen on Monday 31st July 2023
The day was hosted by long serving Association member and Trustee,  Ken Turney and his wife Pam and as always the hospitality was superb and the course was in excellent condition.

Winner of the day:- Alan Butler whilst a lot of familiar faces picked up the minor prizes from Mike Moffit.

Thank you to Vale of Llangollen Golf Club from the Association for a great day


Stewards Association meeting Thetford Golf Club, Norfolk

Monday 24th July 2023

Another great day out for the Stewards Association this time hosted at the superb pine lined Thetford Golf Club in Norfolk on Monday 24th July. The home course of National Chairman, Phil Beer for many years, he yet again took the spoils with a superb 37 points off of his 8 handicap.
Another home player National Secretary Julie Arthur was 2nd with 35 points. On the day there was representation from East Anglia, Southern and Midlands sections.
Lucky with the weather we played one or two holes in the rain whilst it soon dried up for the rest of the round.
Following the golf we were treated to a few drinks on the patio overlooking the 18th green and then a superb informal meal in the upstairs restaurant


1st Phil Beer 37 points

2nd Julie Arthur

Superb hospitality at Thetford – Thank You

Monday 14th August 2023 hosted by Association Treasurer Richard Berry Snr at Peterborough Milton Golf Club - Cambridgeshire



Hinkley Golf Club

Monday 3rd July 2023

The Stewards Association National Meeting on Monday 3rd July 2023 was hosted in Leicestershire at the superb Hinckley Golf Club the golf course was in superb condition and National Chairman Phil Beer made the most of it taking first prize from Hinckley man Paul Geary. The golf was followed by an informal NEC meeting and then a two course meal.

Results at Hinckley Golf Club.

1st   Phil Beer 33 points

2nd  Paul Leary  31 points

3rd   Boyd Weaver  28 points

Nearest the pins

Nearest Pin on the 3rd            Kevin Fletcher
Nearest Pin on the 8th             Rory Sheen
Nearest Pin on the 12th           Peter Francis
Nearest Pin in 2 on the 18th   Paul Leary

Plenty of water round Hinckley



Golf Club Stewards Association 98th Annual General Meeting

Olton Golf Club, Solihull

Tuesday 2nd May 2023

The 98th Annual General Meeting of the Golf Club Stewards Association took place on Tuesday 2nd May 2023 at Olton Golf Club in Solihull.
Prior to the meeting the members competed for the Jack Wiseman Trophy playing an individual stableford competition on the challenging Olton course which was in excellent condition. The original AGM was scheduled for the 28th March but had to be postponed due to inclement weather prior to the event which had left the course rather damp with temporary greens and a buggy and trolley ban.
The Annual General Meeting was chaired by the Association National President, Ian Duncan as the National Chairman Steve Arnold was unable to attend. Although the attendance was low the meeting was able to conduct most of the business with attendees from Midlands, Southern and East Anglia regions. The Association Treasurer was unable to attend but the audited accounts will be circulated to members with the minutes of the meeting by the National Secretary.
A minutes silence was initiated by the President for members who are no longer with us and particularly former National Chairman and life member Colin England who sadly died on Christmas Eve.
The meeting continued:
Officers elected for 2023/24
National President – Ian Duncan
National Vice Presidents – Boyd Weaver and John Shepherd
National Chairman – Phil Beer
National Treasurer – Richard Berry Snr
National Executive Committee
Ian Duncan
Phil Beer
Richard Berry Snr
David Guest,
John Billing
Graham Arnold
Andy Frewin
Ray French
Roland Farmer

The Honorary Secretary, Steve Fowler has chosen to step down from his positon after 5 years and Julie Arthur was unanimously voted into this position. Steve was thanked for his hard work and commitment by the National President.

Steve Brothwell has stepped down as a Trustee after many years of being involved, working very hard on the association committees and had a great year as National Chairman in 2014. Steve Fowler will replace Steve Brothwell in the position of Trustee whilst Ken Turney continues as the other Trustee.

The website will continue to be managed by Ian Duncan and both the Honorary Auditors and Honorary Solicitors were voted to retain their positions

Ken Turney proposed that long serving member, past National Chairman, committee member and Association stalwart Roger Parker should be honoured as a lifetime member and the room voted unanimously that this proposal should be accepted.

The meeting closed and the members had a useful debate about the future of the Association with ideas on how to attract new members and replenish the benevolent fund. These ideas will be taken forward and discussed at forthcoming NEC meetings to decide the relevant action required.

The meal followed and the presentations to the prize winners took place.

Paul Leary had a great day picking up the order of merit trophy, the Jack Wiseman trophy and 2 x two’s.

Boyd Weaver won the individual stableford with 35 points and Phil Beer won nearest the pin on the 13th. Ken Turney was the other two’s winner.

Our thanks go to our hosts Olton Golf Club and the management and staff.

The next Meeting is Monday 22nd May 2023 at Sudbury Golf Club in Middlesex

Olton In Bloom

A Thankyou to the out going National Secretary

Happy Faces

Boyd Weaver overall winner on the day

Paul Leary Jack Wiseman Trophy winner

nearest The pin for New Chairman Phil

order of Merit winner 2022 Paul Geary

National President welcomes the National Chairman 2023



Southern & East Anglia Section

Grims Dyke Golf Club

Monday 24th April 2023

Grims Dyke Golf Club, Hatch End, Pinner, Middlesex hosted the first Southern & East Anglia section event of 2023 on Monday 24th April 2023

There were 20 playing in an individual Stableford competition following coffee and bacon rolls on arrival. The weather was great for the early starters but poor John Shepherd’s group did get a little wet later in the afternoon

The golf was followed by and excellent two course meal with wine supplied on the table attended by 23 people including veteran and well-loved retired Steward Glen Mason. There was an excellent prize table for both the competitions and with a great array of raffle prizes. After the meal and prior to the prize presentations Glenn instigated a minute silence for long standing Steward Association member and previous National Chairman Colin England who sadly died on Christmas Eve 2022.

The prize presentation was a real view of the future with 19 year old Ciara Shannon from the hospitality team at Pinner Hill Golf Club won the overall individual prize on countback from Grims Dyke Captain Kevin Dye. In third place was Stowmarket guest Dave Bicknell with 32 points. Ciara’s win was even more exceptional because she chose to play of the yellow tees instead of the red.

Unfortunately organisor, John Billing was unable to attend but his stand in’s Southern Chairman Graham Arnold and John Shepherd did a fabulous job. Thank you to Grims Dyke for their superb hospitality and excellent challenging golf course.

1st Ciara Shannon 34 points
2nd Kevin Dye 34 points
3rd Dave Bicknell 32 points
Nearest the Pin – Kevin Dye
Nearest the line - Phil Giddens
The Golf Club Stewards Association National AGM is at Olton Golf Club in Solihull on Tuesday 2nd May 2023. The next Southern Section meeting is a National Event to be held on Sudbury Golf Club in Middlesex on the 22nd May 2023



Grim’s Dyke Golf Club

Monday 17th October 2022

The Golf Club Stewards  Association held another promotional event following  other successful meetings during 2022 striving to return to some form of normality following the Covid 19 upheaval of the past few years.

This event was organised by the Southern Section and hosted at Grims Dyke Golf Club in Middlesex North London. Each event has seen more people return to play and enjoy the ambience, atmosphere and camaraderie of the day and this event was another example of this.

Excellent organisation by John Billings with help of Graham Arnold and friendly hospitality of Grim’s Dyke Golf Club ensured that we all had a great day.

The course was as tricky as ever but in very good condition and the weather was fantastic for the middle of October.

Following the golf we were treated to a two course meal of Lamb Shank followed by a selecton of sweets.



1st John Billings - 31 points on count back last 6
2nd Kingsley Pullen - 31 points
3rd Graham Arnold - 28 points on count back

1st Hema Dabasia (Lady Captain of Stanmore Golf Club) 36 points
2nd Dave Whitaker 33 points

Nearest The Pin
6th hole Graham Arnold
10th Hole Phil Giddings

Great Hospitality

Patio at Grims Dyke

First place for John Billings

2nd Place Stewards Kingsley Pullen

3rd Place Steward Graham Arnold Pinner Hill

1st Place Guest Hema Dabasia Lady Captain Stanmore Golf Club

2nd Place Guest Dave Whitaker

Southern Section Presdent John Shepherd addresses the diners

Nearest the pins Phil & Graham



Monday 5th September 2022

The Golf Club Stewards held another promotional event on Monday September 5th 2022.

This time managed by the Southern Section and generously hosted by Pinner Hill Golf Club and in particular House Manager Graham Arnold and his team.

Having gathered in the spike bar prior to golf with a Bacon roll and beer, National Vice President, Southern section’s John Shepherd checked his phone and told us all that we were all going to get wet after weeks and weeks of drought…………but it was wrong we didn’t!

In fact the weather was very kind, humid and mainly dry for at least 95% of our rounds.

The course at Pinner Hill is tough with many undulations up down left and right. At the highest points on the course we were treated to spectacular views of the City, the Shard and Wembley Stadium. The course was in excellent condition and produced some great scores. Dave Whitaker, a Pinner Hill member took the Guest prize with a superb 41 points Andy Dulake also from Pinner Hill was second with 34 points. The Stewards prize was won by Pinner Hill House Manager Graham Arnold with 36 points, Glen Mason, Grims Dyke Golf Club was second on 35 points and our wonderful organiser John Billings was third with 31 points.

Following the golf we were treated to smashing meal of Chicken wrapped with prosciutto served with a lovely creamy sauce and a selection of vegetables.

Following a really productive discussion with regard to the future development and direction of the Association the Southern Section organiser John Billing and Graham Arnold announced the prize winners.

1st Graham Arnold - Pinner Hill Golf Club 36 Points
2nd Glen Mason - Grims Dyke Golf Club 35 points
3rd John Billings - Sudbury Golf Club 31 Points
1st Dave Whitaker - Pinner Hill Golf Club 41 points
2nd Andy Dulake – Pinner Hill Golf Club 34 points
Nearest The Pin on the 4th – Graham Arnold
Nearest the Pin on the 15th Diego Pirastra – Ealing Golf Club
Longest Drive – Andy Dulake

Winning Guest Dave Whitaker 41 points

2nd Guest Andy Dulake 34 points

Winning Steward - Graham Arnold - Pinner Hill Golf Club

2nd Steward Glen Mason Grims Dyke Golf Club

3rd place Steward John Billing

Diego nearest the Pin on 15th

Longest Drive Andy Dulake

Finished at Pinner


Robin Hood Golf Club – Solihull

Monday 22nd August 2022

The Golf Club Stewards Association held their August meeting hosted at the impressive Robin Hood Golf Club at Solihull in the West Midlands. Association Midland secretary David Guest and his bar and catering team provided the service that other clubs strive for to ensure we all had a brilliant day.

Out on the course the week after greens maintenance the course was in excellent condition surprisingly green and lush in some areas considering the dry summer. Rain was forecast but the sun shone and we had some rain for around 10 minutes.

It is a tough, long, interesting course interspersed with water hazards, a course that needs a lot of thought shot by shot but surprisingly the stableford competition playing for the J & B Trophy was won by National President Ian Duncan from Stowmarket Golf Club with 37 points unable to pick up the trophy as it is for working Stewards 2nd place David Laidlaw took the trophy with 36 points with birthday boy Mike Wiseman in third place with 35 points on countback.

Stewards Winner National President Ian Duncan

J&B Trophy Winner David Laidlaw

Best Guest was Mike Rogers with 37 points. Nearest the pin on the 5th was Alan Butler and Nearest the pin in two on the 15h was Dave Bicknell. The two’s competition was won by David Guest, Alan Butler & Kevin Fletcher

Magnificent Lamb Shank

Following the Golf the meal was a magnificent Lamb Shank on mashed potato with as many vegetables that you could eat followed by the best sticky toffee pudding that regular guest Dave Bicknell had ever had and then to top it off a great selection of cheese and biscuits with coffee.
You can tell that the National Chairman Steve’s confidence in public speaking is growing as this time he even told a joke very brave in the presence of the comedy master Jasper Carrot…… I am sure he laughed.

Steve thanked everybody at Robin Hood Golf Club for a great day and the superb hospitality created by the staff.
Another Great Day out with the Stewards Association.

The Next Stewards Association meeting is at Pinner Hill Golf Club on Monday 5th September followed by Thetford Golf Club Monday 12th September.

Anticipation of a Lamb Shank

Great bar area

Great Hospitality

Chairman Steve tells a joke

Best Guest - Mike Rogers

Mike Wiseman Birthday celebrations

Nearest the pin on the 5th Alan Butler

Nearest the pin in two - Dave Bicknell

Stewards 2nd David Laidlaw

Stewards 3rd Place Birthday Boy Mike Wiseman



National Chairman's Day

Monday 4th July 2022

Great Barr Golf Club - Birmingham

The Golf Club Stewards Association held the National Chairman’s Day on Monday 4th July 2022 hosted at the delightful Great Barr Golf Club situated five miles from the Birmingham city centre.
National Chairman Steve Arnold had to wait two years to enjoy his day but enjoy it he did supported from all corners of the association with members and guests travelling from Wiltshire, Wales, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Suffolk, Norfolk and of course the Midlands.

Steve on the first tee with his great friends A Culshaw, R Smart, and T Plant

The weather in the morning was overcast but dry, the course was in fantastic condition with lush fairways and wonderful large greens with some very challenging pin positions.

The morning round was for the Laurent Perrier Trophy a greensomes medal played over 9 holes. National President, Ian Duncan and his guest David Bicknell were in first place with an impressive 34.69. In second place and taking the trophy was David Guest with his partner H. Jones with 35.25.

We enjoyed a great light lunch before embarking on the afternoon 18 hole stableford. A four ball better ball competition for the Coronation Cup and a singles stableford competition playing for the Millennium Trophy, a heavy days administration for those of us marking the cards.

Mike Wiseman and his guest Roy O’Sullivan came first with a superb 42 points on countback from Steward Paul McNicol and Al Paterson from Tidworth Garrison Golf Club, who won the trophy playing off handicaps 4 and 2.

The Guest prize for the individual stableford Millenium Trophy was won by L. Fellows. The Stewards winner was Alan Butler on 37 points but working Steward Phil Beer from Thetford came second with 34 points took home the trophy.

Following the golf we were treated to a delightful meal after which Steve Arnold thanked everyone for their support and spoke about the honour of being National Chairman. The presentations followed with Master of Ceremonies David Guest and Steve.

Our thanks go out to all at Great Barr Golf Club, it really was another great Golf Club Stewards Association meeting as the National Secretary Steve Fowler said “grateful thanks from us all who participated and to Mr Steve Arnold for organising and arranging an excellent National Chairman's Day at Great Barr GC last Monday - a challenging golf course, beautifully presented and in superb condition; excellent catering and hospitality, and fine weather - no better way to spend a day”.

Next meeting is a promotional event at Pinner Hill on Monday 18th July 2022 and another promotional meeting and NEC meeting at Robin Hood Golf Club on Monday 22nd August 2022


Great Barr in the bar

Good turnout for National Chairmans Day

Before Golf

At the table

Laurent Perrier trophy winner David Guest

Laurent Perrier Greensomes winner National President Ian and guest Dave Bicknell with Steve

Al Paterson Coronation Cup

Al & Paul 1st Stewards Coronation Cup

Alan Butler 37 points

Millenium Trophy - L Fellows

Phil Beer wins the Millenium Trophy

Mike Wiseman Coronation Cup 1st Guest

Al Paterson nearest the pin on 6

Nearest the pin 14 Roger Neep

Phil Beer nearest the pin 18

Steve Arnold neraest pin on the 2nd

Mike Wiseman - Millenium Trophy 3rd


SAD NEWS - Walter Wilson

Members will be sad to learn that former National Chairman Walter Wilson sadly passed away on Friday morning (17th June 2022).  A well respected  long serving member of the North East section Walter will be sadly missed by family and friends. Our thoughts and best wishes go to Steve & Carole and family at this awful time.

Walter's funeral will take place on Wednesday 29th June at 12:00 at Sunderland Crematorium.




Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire
Monday 13th June 2022


Following on from a successful promotional meeting at Sudbury Golf Club and the previous NEC meeting at Tidworth Garrison Golf Club in Wiltshire, the Golf Club Stewards Association held the second NEC meeting at Willesley Park Golf Club in Leicestershire. Hosted by Paul Geary the hospitality at the club was outstanding and the challenging course provided a real treat for those in attendance.

Long standing member Derek Ibbotson joined us with his son for the meal after golf to celebrate a big birthday for Derek.
National Chairman Steve Arnold thanked all who attended with one of his trade mark speeches reminding everybody that his National Chairmans Day at Great Barr is on Monday 4th July 2022.

Great Food and Hospitality

Birthday Boy Derek Ibbotson

Two Winners Steve Fowler and Phil Beer

Best Guest Dave Bicknell

Steve Arnold receiving Lord Rosslyn Trophy

Another Prize for the National Chairman Steve Arnold

Boyd Weaver

Paul Picks up a Prize



Bar/Catering/Hospitality Management Invitation

After a very successful relaunch of the GCSA golf programme and membership drive at Sudbury Golf Club in May we are now organising the second event (of three) for this summer. Our programme will allow current and potential members to play golf at established clubs but also have the opportunity to join a group that gives you a forum to discuss common problems, find solutions and to obtain information to resolve difficult working practices (see GCSA website)

To this effect the second event, again sponsored by our National Executive Committee, will take place at Pinner Hill Golf Club, Southview Road, Pinner Hill, HA5 3YA on Monday 18th July 2022.

The arrival time is 1100am where coffee and bacon rolls will be served before golf commences with tee times of 1215 to 133O. After golf there will be dinner at 1845/1900.

With our sponsorship and the kind support of Pinner Hill Golf Club this event will again be FREE OF CHARGE for golfers and those attending in the evening only. Drinks during the day will need to be paid for. There are limited numbers but there is space for those attending to bring golfing guests to the event. The dress code for dinner is smart casual but jacket and tie if you wish.

Should you want to attend this event please email John Billing at as soon as possible. The 3rd event in our programme will take place at Peterborough Milton Golf Club in late August/September Best wishes John Billing Golf Club Stewards Association


National Meetings and Golf Competitions 2022

Details of our next two National Meetings are as follows:

Monday June 13th: Willesley Park GC, Leicestershire,
Playing for the Lord Rosslyn trophy and the Moet & Chandon plate (pairs)

Monday July 4th: Great Barr GC, Birmingham – National Chairman’s Day

The cost per person is £30.00 at each event, to include a light lunch/bacon roll + coffee, golf followed by a two-course dinner, and presentation of prizes.

Please note these events in your diary – details are also on the GCSA website – and do your best to attend, particularly to support our National Chairman Mr Steve Arnold in July – better still, bring a guest, ideally a potential new member of the Association!

On Monday 9th May at our first National meeting of the year we enjoyed a wonderful day’s golf and superb hospitality at Tidworth Garrison GC in Wiltshire – a full account of the day may be found on the website.

Please advise me by email if you plan to attend either or both of these next two national events, together with the names of your guests, and I will forward further details about the format for each of the days, and how to make payment. In order to be eligible to participate in either of the events, please make sure that, if applicable, your annual subscription of £50.00 for 2022 has been paid direct to the National Treasurer.

  1. By BACS transfer. The Association’s bank details are as follows:
    Sort Code: 16-20-38
    Account Number: 11517400

If you choose to pay by this method, please remember to include your surname and initials as reference, e.g., ‘FOWLERSW’

  1. Payment by cheque. Please make your cheque payable to “Golf Club Stewards Association” and post directly to the Treasurer at the following address:

Mr R A Berry, Bungalow no 2
Peterborough Milton Golf Club
Milton Ferry, Peterborough



Monday 9th May 2022

The Golf Club Stewards Association National Executive held their first business meeting of the year at Tidworth Garrison Golf Club in Wiltshire. Our visit was organised through Clubhouse Manager and Association member Paul McNichol to whom we are very grateful.
We were greeted by Paul and his staff who really could not have looked after us any better with kind and friendly hospitality and great service.

National Chairman Steve Arnold, Paul McNicol and Richard Berry Snr being photo bombed by a very happy member of staff


Tidworth Garrison Golf Club is a private members golf club. Founded in 1908, it is one of Wiltshire's finest courses, boasting excellent turf and some truly memorable holes.

Golf is incredibly peaceful at Tidworth; at any time you only view a handful of golfers as the layout meanders its way around the eastern edge of Salisbury Plain. From the higher ground are some striking views over the Plain.
At the meeting obviously the past 2 and a half years of Covid restrictions were discussed and the effect on the Association. Restoring our membership, the future and re-building was high on the agenda. We were able to develop our plans of membership generation promotion days. The first one will be at Sudbury on Monday 16th May 2022 followed by events at Willesley Park, Robin Hood, Thetford and Peterborough Milton.
Following the meeting after coffee and bacon rolls 18 holes of golf followed and what a treat.

The course was in great condition and the weather was warm with a medium breeze. Paul McNicol plays off 6 and with his local knowledge he was destined to pick up some sort of prize. He won nearest the pin on the 4th and nearest the pin in two on the 10th. The guest prize was won by Gerald Gwynne who had 37 points and The Bells Trophy was won by National Chairman Steve Arnold with a super 38 points.

We were then joined for our meal, a splendid carvery followed by dessert, by the Club President Andrew Gregory and Club Captain Kerry Roberts who plays off plus 1.

Following the National Chairman’s thanks to all at Tidworth Garrison Golf Club. The President thanked the Association for bring our meeting to the Club.
We all enjoyed our visit to Tidworth and would love to return in the future we are really grateful for the way we were received at the club.


Bells Trophy Winner – Steve Arnold with Treasurer Richard Berry Snr

Guest Prize Gerald Gwynne

Paul uses his local knowledge to pick up two prizes

Members, Guest and Potential new members wishing to play in upcoming events please contact the National Secretary Steve Fowler
We would be happy to hear from clubs across the UK who would be willing to host some of our future events



Invite to members & prospective members

The last 3 years have been a very difficult period for Golf Club's and in particular all staff involved in the running of hospitality operations which are such an important aspect of every Club.

The GCSA has been an important part of the success of Golf for over 100 years. Therefore all our regional sections throughout the country are relaunching our operations and organised Golf days after this long hiatus.

This will allow current and new members to play golf but also to again have a forum to discuss common problems, find solutions and to obtain information to resolve difficult working practises.

To this effect the first Southern Section Golf Event, which is being sponsored by our National Executive Committee will take place at:

Sudbury Golf Club,
Bridgewater Road,

on Monday 16th May 2022.

With an arrival time of 1100am there will be coffee and rolls before a first tee time of 1200 to 1330. After golf there will be a 2 course meal starting at 1845/1900.

With our sponsorship and the support of SGC his event will be FREE OF CHARGE except for any drinks during the day Please let me know if you will be attending asap
There will be a second event at Peterborough Milton in late June and others to follow later in the year. Look forward to hearing from you


John Billing
Southern Section – NEC Committee



National Meeting
Monday 28th March 2022
Olton Golf Club, Solihull

The Annual General Meeting was postponed to a later date in the year but the National Stewards Association met for the first National meeting since the pandemic on Monday 28th March 2022 at Olton Golf Club. Although the turnout was small, almost certainly because of the huge hike in fuel and other costs that are affecting everybody at the moment and te continuous worry about the pandemic, we had a very positive meeting discussing the way forward for the Association after nearly 2 years of zoom meetings.

The course at Olton was in fantastic conditions the greens were slick and we had decent weather.

Outgoing National Chairman Richard Berry Junior hadn’t played since November but scored a brilliant 35 points from his single figure handicap while Boyd Weaver picked up 2nd prize with 33 points followed closely by Midlands Secretary David Guest with 31.

Boyd also won nearest the pin on the 8th, Richard Berry Junior won nearest the pin on the 13th

After the golf the attendees had an informal debate about the future development of the Association which included proposals for developing new members in each region by holding subsidized events to invite potential members to attend. The first event will be in the Southern and East Anglia region at Sudbury, Midlands at Robin Hood Golf Club followed by Thetford Golf Club in Norfolk.

Lots of positive points were raised and the future looks tough but bright was the general view of the meeting.

Outgoing Chairman Richard Bury Junior passed the chain of office to Steve Arnold from the Midland section who will be National Chairman for the coming year.

Following the meeting we were treated to a super meal served up by the club and how wonderful the atmosphere was after being away for so long.

Steve Arnold presented the prizes in his new role with Mike Wiseman presenting his late father’s trophy, the Jack Wiseman Trophy to Winner Richard Berry Junior.

Our thanks go to Olton Golf Club for hosting this event and their superb hospitality.
The Next Meeting will be a Tidworth Garrison Golf Club in Wiltshire (  All members, potential members and their guests are welcome. Please contact the National Secretary to confirm your attendance
Steve Fowler  Mobile :07929 716 095 Home: 0121 705 6910




Monday 13th September 2021

It was so lovely to be back to some sort of normality on Monday as the Golf Club Stewards Association Midland section hosted one of the first getting back to golf social event for months at Willesley Park Golf Club in Leicestershire on a beautiful warm late summers day.

Paul Leary left David Guest Midland Section Secretary and Midland Chairman Angelo Rodriguez.

Hosted by association member Paul Leary and his team, the hospitality was exceptional with a full English breakfast on arrival followed by an 18 hole stableford competition on a course that was voted the best Golf Course in Leicestershire just a few years ago by Your Golfer magazine.
The course was very challenging with some very individual holes and some incredible undulations and surprises. The scores didn’t reflect the course difficulty with Liam Butler winning with a 2 handicap scraping through with a magnificent 41 points. A number of us hadn’t played for a long time due to lockdown. Longstanding member and association legend Mike Moffitt leant over to tell the National President that the last time he played was two years ago in 2019 at the meeting at Clacton. The National President later reflected that it really looked as though he hadn’t played for much much longer.

It was great to see the old faces, particularly former National Chairman and long term member Roger Parker who although he didn’t play made the effort to be involved.

Following the Golf we had a tasty and substantial Lasagne, Chips and Salad followed by Apple Pie and Custard.

The Midlands section provided a great and especially generous prize table as shown in the picture above


1st place:- Liam Butler 41 points (Hcap 2)


2nd place:- Bob Purcell 36 points (Hcap 14)

3rd place:- Angelo Rodriguez 35 points (Hcap 15)

Nearest the Pins :- Liam Butler, Alan Butler, Paul Leary.
The 2’s pot was shared between Liam Butler, Alan Butler, Angelo Rodriguez

Thank you to Willesley Park Golf Club for allowing us to play and enjoy their great club. For those who couldn’t get to Leicestershire you missed a really great day out. Congratulations to David Guest and Paul Leary for organizing the event it was much appreciated by all that attended.



97th Annual General Meeting

6.30pm Monday 31st May 2021

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the 97th AGM of the Golf Club Stewards Association took place via ZOOM video conference on Monday 31st May 2021.

National Chairman Richard Berry Junior was unable to attend due to work commitments so the meeting was chaired by National Vice Chairman Steve Arnold.

The previous AGM minutes were approved and there were no matters arising. The treasurer presented his report and financial statement up to the 31st October 2020. Due to the pandemic there were no physical meetings of the National Executive or National golf competitions held throughout the year during. NEC meetings have been conducted throughout 2020/21 via zoom.

With very little expenditure during the financial year the accounts are in a robust state able to meet anticipated demands. The membership voted to accept the accounts.

The continuing appointment of current bankers was approved

The Election of Officers for the year 2021/2022 all approved by the membership

National President – Ian Duncan
National Presidents – John Shepherd & Boyd Weaver
National Chairman – Richard Berry Jnr
National Vice Chairman – Steve Arnold
Executive Committee: M. Moffitt, D Guest, A. Rodriguez, A.Frewin, A. Shaw, J. Billing, G Arnold, R. Farmer, R. French, K Pullen, P Beer.
National Trustees: Steve Brothwell & Ken Turney
Website Management: Ian Duncan
National Handicap Manager – Steve Arnold

Appointment of Honorary Officers

Honorary Solicitor – Kenneth Bush & Co
Honorary Auditors – Rawlinson & Co
Honorary Secretary – Stephen Fowler
Honorary Treasurer – Richard Berry Snr

Motions from the Executive Committee

1. The tenure of the National President should be for a period of 3 years. This will not be implemented until the current National President stands down.

2. Payments of membership subscriptions with effect from 1st January 2022 are to be paid directly to the National Treasurer.

Both motions were passed by the membership. There were no proposals put forward by the membership and no further business.The meeting was closed at 19.15pm. The above is just a summary of the meeting members wishing to see complete minutes please contact the National Secretary Steve Fowler by email


Government Covid Support for Businesses

Winter economic plan: self-employed support

30 September 2020

More Government support measures for the self-employed have been announced to help lessen the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Having scrapped this year's Autumn Budget for the second successive year, Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed the "next phase" of financial support.
Sunak was careful to emphasise the Government's approach to it "must be different to that which came before".
The UK's five million self-employed population wasn't forgotten, however, as the Chancellor extended the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS), with new grants covering the next six months.

Extension to SEISS grants
This scheme will work on "similar terms" to the new job support scheme, offering limited grants to those whose work continues to be affected by the pandemic.
An initial grant will cover a three-month period from 1 November 2020 to 31 January 2021. This is set to cover 20% of a self-employed individual's average monthly trading profits, capped at a total of £1,875 in total.
A second grant will also be made available to cover dates from 1 February 2021 to 30 April 2021, but further details have yet to be set.
The extension will only be available to self-employed people who are currently eligible for the SEISS and actively continuing to trade, but are facing reduced demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.

How does it compare to the last grants?
The next set of grants offer much more limited support than the last phases of the scheme, with extra conditions attached.
When the SEISS first launched in March, it offered self-employed individuals a grant of 80% of their average monthly trading profits to cover three months, up to a limit of £7,500 in total.
This was reduced in the second grant announced in May, which provided 70% of average monthly trading profits, capped at £6,570. This current round of grants is due to close for new applications on 19 October 2020.
Neither of the previous instalments required the applicant to be "actively trading" and "impacted by reduced demand".
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed called the extension "woefully inadequate", and said it will exclude a third of self-employed people.

More time for self-assessment
Self-assessment taxpayers were given the option to defer payments on account that were due in July 2020.
A further extension has been announced, so that taxpayers with up to £30,000 in self-assessment liabilities due in January 2021 will be able to use HMRC's time-to-pay facility to pay over an extra 12 months.
In effect, this means those who deferred their payments on account in July 2020 will not need to pay their bill in full until 31 January 2022.

Winter economic plan: how will it affect UK businesses?

30 Sep 2020

The Government and employers will carry on topping up workers' wages when the furlough scheme winds down at the end of the month.
With the job retention scheme ending on 31 October 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the job support scheme will kick in on 1 November 2020.
It aims to prevent mass redundancies by helping employees who have not been able to return to full-time work due to COVID-19.
Sunak said the new scheme will "support only viable jobs", rather than jobs that simply exist because of the furlough scheme.
The Chancellor acknowledged that he "cannot save every business or every job" but said the approach to supporting people's jobs "must evolve".
Employers who use the job support scheme can also still claim the job retention bonus, where the Government pays £1,000 for every furloughed worker who returns to work until at least 31 January 2021.

How will the job support scheme work?
The Government will subsidise the wages of employees who are working fewer hours than normal due to lower demand as a result of coronavirus.
Staff who work at least a third of their usual hours from 1 November 2020 will be eligible for the scheme.

Employers will pay staff for the hours they work. The Government and the employer will then pay one third each of the employee's lost pay.
Grants will be capped at £697.92 a month for six months, until 30 April 2021.
All small and medium-sized employers will be eligible for the scheme, along with larger firms with reduced turnover from the pandemic.
Businesses do not need to have used the furlough scheme to qualify for the job support scheme from next month.

Comparing it to the furlough scheme
The job support scheme is less generous than the furlough scheme but more flexible, essentially encouraging employers to give staff as many hours as they can or need to.
The Government contribution to workers' pay will fall from an initial 80% of a monthly wage up to £2,500 when the furlough scheme started in March, to 22% of a monthly wage from November.
It will cost the Government an estimated £300 million a month, compared to more than £39 billion paid out through the furlough scheme to date.
Costs will increase for employers who use the job support scheme. In March, they had the option to pay 20% towards a furloughed worker's salary. In November, they will have to pay a third of the lost pay on top of the hours the employee actually works.

Coronavirus loans
Employers have an extra two months, until 30 November 2020, to apply for four business loans. The deadline for new applications was due to expire on 30 September 2020.
This applies to the coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS), the equivalent for larger firms, bounce-back loans (BBLs), and borrowing through the future fund.
To try and avoid businesses running into a cashflow crisis, repayment terms under the BBLs and CBILS can be extended from six to ten years. This sharply reduces monthly repayments for around 1.6m firms.

Double VAT boost
A cut to the standard rate of VAT - from 20% to 5% - for businesses in the hard-hit hospitality and tourism sectors will remain in place until 31 March 2021.
In addition, businesses that deferred their VAT payments between 20 March and 30 June 2020 will no longer have to pay a lump sum on or before 31 March 2021.
Instead, the Government is offering the option to split this repayment into smaller, interest-free payments over the course of 11 months - potentially benefiting up to 500,000 firms.



Coronavirus Business support: what’s changed in April?

29 Apr 20

Since the middle of March, the Government has announced a series of measures to financially support businesses affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.
As the situation changes day by day, it can be hard to keep up with the pace of those announcements, and to know which support measures are currently available to you.
In the last few weeks, the Government says it has spent more than £15 billion on COVID-19 business support schemes, the most recent of which arrived in the form of bounce-back loans.
Here's a round-up of the main support measures announced as of the end of April, and how to access them.


Coronavirus job retention scheme

The coronavirus job retention scheme, which allows employers to claim 80% of their furloughed employees' usual wages up to £2,500, was announced at the end of March, and so far more than 500,000 claims have been made through it.

Updates were made to the scheme throughout April including the announcement on 3 April that off-payroll contractors working for public-sector organisations would be covered.
The scheme has also been extended until the end of June, and the cut-off date for eligibility was moved so that it applies to workers who were employed and on PAYE on or before 19 March 2020 - instead of 28 February as previously announced.

The portal through which employers can claim for their furloughed staff's wages under the scheme opened on 20 April, and can be accessed here

Support for the self-employed

Under a scheme announced on 26 March, self-employed people who have suffered a loss in income because of coronavirus will receive a taxable grant worth 80% of their usual profits, up to £2,500 a month.

It has been confirmed that HMRC will contact those who are eligible in mid-May, with the intention of making payments by early June.


Government loan schemes

The coronavirus business interruption loan scheme went live on 23 March, and was extended on 3 April so that more businesses would be eligible.

The changes included preventing lenders from requesting personal guarantees on loans under £250,000, as well as operational changes to speed up approvals.

A separate coronavirus large business interruption loan scheme also opened on 3 April, which offered a Government guarantee of 80% on loans of up to £25 million, for firms with an annual turnover between £45m and £500m.

In addition, a ‘future fund' was revealed to provide Government loans ranging from £125,000 to £5m, for companies that can find equal funding from private investors, and that meet other qualifying conditions. This scheme will open in May, and more details can be found here

And on 27 April, a ‘bounce-back loans' scheme was announced, in response to concerns that other schemes were taking too long to access.

This will open on 4 May and offer small businesses microloans of 25% of their turnover, up to a maximum of £50,000, with the Government paying the interest for the first 12 months.


Small business grants

Emergency grants for small businesses in England were announced in March. These include £10,000 for businesses eligible for small business rate relief, and of £25,000 for qualifying retail, hospitality and leisure businesses.

As of 27 April, councils had distributed around £7.5bn of the £12.3bn available, but more than a third of businesses identified as eligible had yet to receive their grant.

You can find out whether you're eligible for this, or other Government support here


Other changes

Other changes made in April include:
Year-long business rate holidays began on 1 April for qualifying businesses in England.
A temporary ban on statutory demands and winding-up petitions issued to commercial tenants was put in place, to protect high-street businesses.
The second phase of Making Tax Digital for VAT, which would have included the requirement for digital links, was delayed until 1 April 2021.
A £750m funding package for UK charities was announced.



Covid 19 - Support for businesses  

I have just received this newsletter from my own accountant, RBS Accountants, summarising the current support for businesses. There still doesn't seem to be an element for Catering Franchises within clubs. We are trying to gather as much information for members to try an establish what help the government can provide in these cases. If anybody has any information about this we would like to circulate. If your own club is helping you out it would a positive message that we could pass on and encourage others.
Keep well

Ian Duncan 
National President


  Current support for businesses

          We understand many of you will have questions regarding your business in these uncertain times. Therefore please see below a list of the current support for businesses being offered by the government;
No income tax payments will be due in July 2020. This has been deferred to January 2021 with no penalties or interest added in the deferral period. This is applied automatically so there is no need to contact HMRC.
No VAT payments due between the period 20/03/20 to 30/06/20. There will be no penalties added during this period and you will have until the end of the year to make payment. Again this is applied automatically by HMRC.
Business Interruption Loan Scheme  - This is a 12 month interest free loan to help with short term cash flow, 80% of which is guaranteed by the government. To apply for the loan please contact your bank.
Sick pay – Up to 2 weeks Statutory Sick Pay per employee for coronavirus related sickness will be repaid by government. The scheme is still currently being set up so you would pay employees SSP as normal then reclaim this at a later date.
Job Retention Scheme – This scheme is for those employees granted an absence of leave, but who will remain on the payroll and you will struggle to pay them. The Government will pay 80% of these employees’ wages, up to £2500 per month. You will need to inform HMRC through a new online portal which is still currently being set up. This will hopefully be running by the end of April but claims can be backdated to the 1st March. It is initially for 3 Months but government have said it will run longer if necessary.
Retail/Hospitality/Leisure – If your business is in this area there will be no rates for 2020/21 and this will be applied automatically. There is also a Retail Hospitality Grant scheme which gives £10k for those with a rateable value under £15k, £25k if rateable value is between £15-51k. Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible.
Nurseries – No Business rates for the 2020/21 year which will be automatically applied.
Small Business Rates Relief – If you already receive this you will be eligible for a £10k grant. Again your local authority will write to you about this.
Time To Pay – If you can’t pay your other taxes at the moment please call the dedicated helpline – 08000159559 – and you should be offered help under the Time to Pay scheme
Suspension of the minimum income floor for the self-employed - self-employed people can now access, in full, Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to Statutory Sick Pay for employees.
Universal Credit - The standard allowance will rise over the next 12 months by £1,000.



Goverment Support for Small Businesses - latest updates

We are trying to gather as much information as we can to help Stewards/Catering Franchises/ Chefs, House Managers whether employed, self employed or small business owners. Please feed back any information that we can share with our members and colleagues during this very difficult period.

Kind Regards

Ian Duncan
National President


Click on the link below for the latest updates on support for businesses from the government with regard to COVID - 19  




Dear Members

With the rapidly escalating situation over the last few days, and following the latest advice received from Public Health England, a number of conversations and exchanges of email have taken place between the National Chairman, Section Secretaries and key members of the National Executive, as a result of which it has been agreed and decided to postpone the AGM scheduled to be held at Olton Golf Club on Monday 6th April. The safety and well being of our members is, and must always be our prime concern, particularly since a number of us likely to be attending fall into the "over 65's" or "underlying conditions" categories!

With doubt and uncertainty surrounding our future fixtures and meetings it seemed unfair that Steve Arnold should take over the position of National Chairman in what will inevitably be a disrupted and interrupted season. It was therefore agreed that Richard Berry Jnr would continue as National Chairman for the remainder of 2020/21, and Steve will assume the Chairmanship in 2021.

For the moment all other remaining national fixtures, competitions and Executive meetings remain as scheduled, the next meeting being Monday 11th May at Stowmarket, but the position will of course be reviewed, and a revised date for the AGM advised as the Coronavirus situation develops, and further Government advice is received.

Kind Regards and keep well !!

Steve Fowler
National Secretary GCSA
07929 716095



CLACTON GOLF CLUB Monday 23 September 2019

The sun shone at Clacton on Sea as the Stewards Association held its final National meeting of the year. Considering the lack of rain in the region the course was in excellent condition for the individual stableford competition.playing for the C J Small Trophy and the Chairman’s Salver. 

The Golf Club Stewards Association first met and was created at Clacton back in 1912 and as always the golf club gave the association a very warm welcome and their hospitality was very much appreciated.

Life Members and both former National Chairman, Joanna and Colin England made a welcome surprise visit travelling over from their new home in Spain. The association also welcomed new members Tom Crouch and Mike Verhelst from Bury St Edmunds Golf Club.

The guest prize was won by Dave Bicknell from Stowmarket Golf Club with a superb 43 points. National Chairman Richard Bury Jnr won the Stewards Salver with 37 points. Phil Beer picked up the Past Chairman’s CJ Small Trophy with 33 points

Full Results:

1st – Richard Berry Jr: 37Pts
2nd – Boyd Weaver: 36Pts
3rd – Tom Crouch: 35Pts 
1st – David Bicknell: 43Pts
CJ Small Trophy (Past National Chairmen):
Winner: Phil Beer: 33Pts
Nearest the Pins:
7th Hole: Ian Duncan
17th Hole: David Sutton

Tom Crouch: 2nd Hole
Mike Verhelst: 5th Hole
Richard Berry Jr: 7th Hole

Happy Stewards

Bar at Clacton

In The Bar

Life Members Colin & Joanna with Andy Frewin

Nearest the Pin

President Ian Presents the Chairmans Salver

President Ian wins nearest the pin

Richard Presents the Prize for Past Chairmans Trousers

Small trophy for Phil Beer

Winning Guest Dave Bicknell

Tom Crouch

Boyd Weaver

Richards last address


NEC Meeting, Blackwell GC, Monday 19th August 2019

J&B Trophy:

1st – Owain Hoskins         39 Pts
2nd – Paul Leary               36 Pts
3rd – Mike Wiseman        34 Pts

1st – Ray Hamilton           43 Pts
2nd – Matthew Langman  40 Pts

Teachers Stewards Championship:
Winning Team – Midlands   108 Pts
Owain Hoskins, Steve Arnold, Paul Leary, Dave Guest

Hole  6 – Mike Wiseman
Hole  9 – Wayne Marsden
Hole  6 – John Billing
Hole  9 – Matthew Langman
Hole  9 – Richard Berry Jr   

Nearest the Pins:
Hole   9 – Richard Berry Jr
Hole   13 – Ray Hamilton




Monday 9th July 2019 – Peterborough Milton Golf Club


Stewards and guests from across the UK attended the National Chairman’s Day for Richard Berry Jnr hosted at his own club Peterborough Milton in Cambridgeshire. The hospitality of the Berry family, as always, was superb and they even managed to provide a warm sunny day for the 27 hole competitions.

Everybody commented on the superb condition of the course and the setting.

The morning round was a Greensomes Medal competition playing for the Laurent Perrier Trophy. Winners of the competition were guests Stowmarket pairing Dave Bicknell and Charlie Joseph who finished with a nett 34.81. Second placed Boyd Weaver and Angelo Rodriguez who took the Laurent Perrier Trophy for the Stewards with 35.12.

Following a light lunch the afternoon round was a fourball better ball competition for the prestigious Coronation Cup and an individual stableford competition for the Stewards playing for the Chairman’s Millennium Trophy.

Mike Trippett, a new member from the North East, had a great day with 38 points winning on countback from Midland section Steward Paul Leary to win the individual Stewards Competition.

The Coronation Trophy was won by Southern Section member John Billings playing with Peterborough Milton member Geoff Dyson with a fantastic 45 points narrowly beating Midland representatives Paul Leary and David Guest by 1 point.

With wine provided on each table by our hosts we were treated to a a smashing meal followed by a thank you from host Richard Berry Jnr for the support from the association membership and guests.

The presentations and raffle took place in the bar area after the meal. The Association would like to thank everybody at Peterborough Milton Golf Club for providing the venue and hosting such a successful and fun event.

The next meeting is a Blackwell Golf Club in Worcestershire on Monday 19th August 2019

National Chairman Richard

Busy bar at Peterborough Milton

18th on the patio

at the table

at the table

attentive at the presentation

Boyd and Angelo

Chairman Nearest the Pin

Paul Leary nearest the pin

Greensomes Winners Dave Bickenll and Charlie Joseph

3rd place Laurent Perrier Greensomes

1st Steward Mike Trippett

Coronation Cup Winners John Billings and Geof Dyson

3rd place Coronation Cup Chas & Dave


Stowmarket boys pick up at Peterborough

Thanks from Chairman



National Chairman's Day

Peterborough Milton Golf Club

9th July 2019

2s Competition


2s Competition





Ben Baker

Dave Guest







Pete Francis

Kevin Fletcher







Mike Triplett







Nearest to the Pins




Hole No 2

Dave Guest


PM Round

Hole No 9

Paul Leary


PM Round

Hole No 11

Pete Francis

PM Round

Hole No 16

Dave Bicknell


PM Round

Hole No 13 **

Richard Berry Jr

PM Round

** Nearest to Pin in 3

The Laurent Perrier Trophy      Greensome Medal




Dave Bicknell & Charlie Joseph


34.81 pts


Boyd Weaver & Angelo Rodriguez **


35.12 pts

** Trophy Winners


Mike Triplett & Kevin Black


36.69 pts

The Chairman's Millennium Trophy

   Stewards only Individual Stableford


Mike Triplett





** Trophy Winner
on C/B


Paul Leary






Kingsley Pullen












The Coronation Cup





John Billing & Geoff Dyson



** Trophy Winners


Paul Leary & Dave Guest




Dave Bicknell & Charlie Joseph




National Meeting at Bridgnorth Golf Club

Monday 17th June 2019

Playing for the Lord Rosslyn Trophy + Moet & Chandon Salver

The Golf Club Stewards Association held its third meeting of 2019 on Monday 17th June 2019 kindly hosted at Bridgnorth Golf Club in Shropshire.

Richard Berry Snr, steward at Peterborough Milton Golf Club, had a great day picking up the Lord Rosslyn Trophy while Midland section President Mike Moffitt and Midland Chairman Angelo Rodriguez won the Moet & Chandon Salver.

Considering the large amount of rain we had prior to our visit the course was in excellent condition albeit that only 12 holes were in play but we constructed an 18 hole competition with guidance from the Pro. Handicap Guru, Steve Arnold, was able to magically make the stoke index make sense. The hospitality at the club was much appreciated and we look forward to returning in 2020.

For full results go to the results page


National Golf Club Stewards 2019 AGM

 Olton Golf Club Monday 8th April 2019

The Golf Club Stewards Association held the Annual General Meeting at Olton Golf Club in the West Midlands on Monday 8th April 2019. The central location of Olton Golf Club has been the traditional home of the AGM for many years. The Club provided, yet again, outstanding hospitality and friendliness coupled with a great well-presented golf course that is a challenge for all. On arrival we had coffee and a bacon roll that can only be described as “Half a Pig”. All regions were represented and with 36 members playing and 40 including the Captain from Robin Hood Golf Club for the evening meal it was a solid turnout with a convivial atmosphere.

Unfortunately outgoing National Chairman Phil Beer was unable to attend so Steve Fowler in his first solo outing for an AGM stood in initially as Chairman. The meeting went very smoothly. A new National President was elected following the stepping down of the past President Jason Knapper. Ian Duncan from Stowmarket Golf Club was presented his Chain of Office by Association stalwart and Life Member, Mike Moffitt. Ian thanked the membership for their support and stated that his mission while holding this office is to promote the Association and build the membership.

The President then presented incoming National Chairman, Richard Berry Jnr with his chain of office and Richard then took the reins from Steve Fowler to chair the rest of the meeting. Within the elections of officers Steve Arnold National Vice Chairman, Steve Fowler National Secretary, Richard Berry Snr Treasurer and the Appointement of Steve Brothwell as a Trustee all the business was wrapped up in a reasonable time.

Drinks at the bar were on the New President and New Chairman.

The evening meal was a tasty piece of brisket and various vegitables followed by bread and butter pudding, coffee and mints.
Following the meal Richard Berry Jnr thanked the management and staff of Olton for their hospitality and then the prize presentations took place.

New President Ian was called upon to present the 2018 order of merit trophies to Richard who then presented Ian with the First prize for the Stewards and the two’s.

David Guest picked up the Jack Wiseman trophy for the best placed working Steward present by the Wiseman family

See full results below

Order of Merit 2018:

Winner: Richard Berry Jr:

Nearest Pin:
13th Hole: C O’Doyle
8th Hole: No Winner

Ian Duncan (5th Hole)

1st – Mark Langman:   40Pts

Jack Wiseman Trophy (for Stewards):
1st –   Ian Duncan:       37pts
2nd – Bob Purcell:        33pts
3rd – Boyd Weaver:     32pts

Winner: (Best placed Steward)
David Guest: 31pts (on c/b)

Before the AGM

Chairman Richard

National President 2019 Ian Duncan

National Vice Chairman Steve Arnold and National Chairman Richard Berry Jnr

President Ian & Chairman Richard

Winner New President Ian

2nd place Bob Purcell

3rd Place Boyd Weaver

Richard Wins Order of Merit

Best Guest 40 point playing off 7

Winner of the Jack Wisemen trophy best placed working steward David Guest with the Wiseman family and the new Chairman

The Presidents Table

Twos winner Ian Duncan

National Golf Club Stewards 2018 AGM

The Golf Club Steward Association held their Annual General Meeting at Olton Golf Club in Solihull Birmingham on Monday 9th April 2018.

Prior to the AGM the Stewards and their guests enjoyed 18 holes around the pretty West Midlands course playing for the Jack Wiseman trophy. Always a challenge the weather was kind with just the odd shower. Following such a wet winter the course was in great condition which was a tribute to the Greens staff. As always at this event the scoring was very competitive with Jim Dobbin second on count back just pipping David Laidler both with 36 points. The winner with an excellent 37 points, playing off a handicap of 1, was Richard Pearson who has now won the prized Jack Wiseman Trophy three times.

Following the Golf the AGM commenced at 4.30 with outgoing National Chairman Tim Pearson, thanking the membership for their support in his successful and enjoyable year. He passed the chain of office to East Anglian section steward Phil Beer from Thetford Golf Club in Norfolk. Treasurer Richard Berry Senior presented the accounts which were unanimously approved. All the resolutions were passed. Mike Wiseman and Roger Parker stepped down as Trustees and were replaced by Mike Moffit and Ken Turney.

Finally Ken Brothwell stepped down after 9 years as National Secretary. All members were in agreement as to what a superb job Ken has done over these years and the amount of hard work and organisation that it takes to organise Stewards events and maintain order. Ken wouldn’t step down until a replacement was found and the very able and experienced Steve Fowler, a former secretary manager at Olton Golf Club, was asked to take over and voted in unanimously by the membership. With a great Thanks to Ken and a good luck to Steve the AGM closed at 5.00.

At the following evening meal we were treated to typical Olton hospitality with a delicious meal followed by a thank you to Olton Golf Club from Chairman Phil and a response from the Olton Captain Nic Heath.

At the prize presentation Steve Brothwell received the 2017 order of merit trophy before the presentation of the competition prizes for the day.



There were no Two’s so this prize rolls over to the next event at Drayton Park Golf Club on Monday 21st May 2018

Nearest the Pin on the 8 - Richard Pearson
Nearest the Pin on the 15th - David Guest

Best Guest - Mr Page

Jack Wiseman Trophy
1st Richard Pearson 37 points
2nd Jim Dobbin 36 points on count back
3rd David Laidlaw 36 points

The 2017 Order of Merit 
Steve Brothwell

The next National Meeting is a Drayton Park Golf Club, Tamworth Monday 21st may 2018 playing for The Bells Trophy and the Inter Section Cup

Before the AGM

Address from 2017 Chairman Tim Pearson

Busy Bar at Olton

Cheers Ken Brothwell

Handover Stephen Fowler takes over from Ken Brothwell

National Chairman Tim hands over to Phil

Chain of Office

Stewards Winner Richard Pearson recieves the Jack Wiseman Trophy

Winner 2017 Order of merit Steve Brothwell

30 years at Maxstoke Park for Sheila

Long serving GCSA Midland section member and friend Sheila Cardwell racked up 30 years as Steward at Maxstoke Park Golf Club on the 31st January 2018

Sheila is pictured above second from the right with some of her long standing team members, some of which have worked at Maxstoke for over 20 years and was joined by friends to celebrate at the club on Wednesday

After starting the position in 1988 Sheila took up playing golf, now playing to a handicap of 9

One of the Maxstoke members said, “What a fantastic achievement, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your relentless positivity, good cheer and incredible service to the club”

General Manager, Andrew Gibbins said,

“I took over as General Manager in October last year, so I have some way to go to catch up Sheila service. It has been obvious from day 1 that Sheila makes Maxstoke Park a warm and welcoming environment for members and visitors”.

And from... All of us

“The Golf Club Stewards Association congratulates Sheila on her superb achievement, well done and here’s to the next 30 years”!