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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.


Sad News - Colin England

December 24th December 2022

It is with great regret that we have to advise members that long time Association member, Life Member, former National Chairman and NEC member Colin England passed away on Christmas Eve 2022.

Colin had a tough 2022 health wise and was admitted to hospital in September for surgery that led to further issues before he sadly passed away. Colin and his partner Joanna Stratten who was also National Chairman of the Association moved to Spain after retiring, spending many years at Mill Hill Golf Club in North London. They were both Southern Section Stars.

Our thoughts go out to Joanna, their family and friends at this very sad time.

More about Colin .......a eulogy from Joanna


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. Funeral arrangements will follow shortly.

Walter Wilson was National Chairman in 2003 he held his National Chairmans Day at Heworth Golf Club where he won on his own very special day. He was also at the Open at Royal St Georges Sandwich. Below are memories and pictures of those very special times with lovely memories.


See the celebrations and the results at Walters National Chairmans Day at Heworth 2003 click on the link below.  

Wy Aye - Walter wins his own Chairmans Day Prize
National Chairmans Day - 7th July 2003

Walter was National Chairman when the open was played at Royal St Georges Sandwich in 2003

2003 What a Great Open for the Stewards
So poor old Thomas Bjorn got stuck in that bunker on the 16th and lost out to the Rookie from the USA. Ben Curtis didn’t figure in the Stewards marquee discussions about who was going to win and “who have you got your money on?”
Mind you poor old Eric, Steve, Walter, Sheila, David and Les could have done with some more help from some of the other association members during what was one of the busiest Open’s for years.
On the Friday there were 44000 people on the course and at times it seemed as though they were in our tent. Eric and the others were in Eric’s tent behind the Marquee, which seemed like a good idea until the deliveries started to come in to various other tents at 4 in the morning.
Thanks to the guys who did turn out to help and a big thank you to the BIGGA boy’s who had to help behind the bar and Geoff From Ryston Park who sold an amazing £500 worth of raffle tickets every day Volunteers for next year at Royal Troon will be welcome on what is a great help to the funds of the association.
Well done and thanks to the Stewards Open Committee for another great year.

Click here for pictures:



We have been made aware that Barbara Yates, a long standing member of the North West Stewards, has sadly died.

Funeral arrangements, Wednesday 22nd June 2022 @ 1.40pm @   Accrington Crematorium, Burnley Road, Accrington BB5 6HA.  All are invited back after the funeral to Accrington & District Golf Club BB5 4LS where Barbara & husband Jim were stewards for 22 years.

On behalf of the Association we would like to pass on our condolences to all of her family @ this very sad time.



SAD NEWS – Christie Webb

We have been made aware that the wife of the long standing association member Tony Webb has sadly died.

Christie passed away after a long illness and will be sadly missed by all that knew her.

Tony was at Saunton Golf Club and part of the Wales & West section of the association but has since retired. On behalf of the association we would like to pass on our condolences to Tony and his family at this very sad time 



Members will be sad to know that long serving Midland section member Tom Rice sadly passed away suddenly with a heart attack last week.
Tom and his wife Sandra were at Prenton Golf Club on the Wirral.

His socially distanced funeral will be held next Friday 12th February 2021 at Landican Crematorium at Arrowe Park on the Wirral. Ken Turney and Mike Moffit plan to attend to represent the Association, but will simply stand at the Crematorium gates to pay respects.

Our thoughts go out to Sandra and the family at this sad time


SAD NEWS – Mrs Paddy Martin

Members will be sad to hear that longstanding Midland Section member Mitch Martin’s wife Paddy passed away on the 31st December 2019.

Our thoughts are with Mitch during this very sad and difficult time.

The funeral took place on Monday 20th January 2020 at 9.45 am at Bushbury Crematorium, West Chapel, Underhill Lane, Bushbury, Wolverhampton, WV10 7JG - 
Donations to Cancer Research.

The wake was held after the service at The Pavilion, Stafford Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 6AJ 


SAD NEWS – Judith Barnes

Members will be sad to learn that the wife of Past National Chairman, Peter Barnes passed away on Wednesday August 21 2019. Judith and Peter had been based at March Golf Club in the Fens for many years until their recent retirement. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Peter and his family at this very sad time. Peter was our National Chairman in 2009.

The Funeral will take place on Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 3.30pm at the March Crematorium which is very close to March Golf Club where the wake will be held.


Jim Dobbin

Members will be sad to learn that Jim Dobbin passed away peacefully on the morning of Friday 31st August 2018. 

Jim was a longstanding and valued member of the Midland section becoming Midland Chairman in 2008 -2010 and was National Chairman during our Centenary year in 2012.

Jim has been a great supporter of the Association for many years and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his wife Jennie and their family at this very difficult time.

SAD NEWS - David Lithgow

David pictured left in happier times at the Open at Muirfield in 2002 with Sam Torrance and Eric Greig

We are sad to report that Life Member and one of the Associations biggest supporters, David Lithgow, has passed away and will be sadly missed by all that knew him.