Woodbury Park latest - Charity fund raisers back at headquarters

PUBLISHED: 11:49 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:49 18 December 2014

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Less than a fortnight to go before Christmas will be the uppermost thing in our minds, writes John Bridgman.

Here, up on the common, the Woodbury Park seniors have had their Christmas dinner suitably attired in their de-mob suits and ladies in posh frocks.

Prior to that auspicious occasion a stableford event was held in which Graham Nye, Alan Stone and Jim Holland won in fine style with 87 points. Home, in second place, came Mike Prew, Robin Drake and Russell Lee on 78 separated on countback from Peter Stone, Steve Andrews and Mike Dickens.

The midweek stableford competition was won by Richard Thomason with 40 points, from Ceri (Taff) Lewis with 39 in second and third, Paul Voedon on 37.

There was a four-ball, better ball event at the weekend won by Matt Smith and Gary Bourne with 48 points. Dave Freeman and Barrie Thomas 45, edged out Chris Hatherley and John Man into third place with 44.

While all of this was going on we saw the safe return of the undisputed, solvent owner of Woodbury Park returning from a charity bash in South Africa.

Along with good friend Stuart Marsh and four other chaps, they proceeded over ten days to ride powerful motorcycles 2,500 miles through some of the most beautiful countryside of Cape Province. Motorcycling through mountain passes, rivers, and using some of the roughest roads in the Karoo desert, they all finished safe and well at the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas.

As if that wasn’t enough, Robin and Stuart took to the water for a little more exercise, no, not to swim with dolphins, but with the great white sharks at Gansbaai!

Fortunately they were in a protected cage. The sharks did a bit of nudging and bumping the biggest well over ten feet in length, and that, to put it mildly, scared them somewhat.

Home to tell the tales of a great adventure, (when will we here the last of it), the “chaps” and the families have raised £4,000 for the ‘Help4Henry’ charity, and thanks to those who gave so generously. Well done, everybody.

For me, I will report once more before Christmas then it will be for me and ‘her indoors’ to join our family up country in Berkshire, for the festivities. Until the next time, happy whacking. Cheers, John.

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