SotWGC Ecology Working Group
On the back of interest generated by the recent Club questionnaire that many of you will have completed, and with the full support of the Club Management, a group of Members has now set up an Ecology Working Group (EWG).
The group currently comprises around a dozen members but we would welcome others who have an interest in ecology and the environment and who have time to get involved.
The group will in time consider taking on a wider environmental role, including helping develop an environmental policy for the Club, but in the first instance we intend to focus on how we can develop areas of the course to promote wildlife and flora. We will prepare an agreed coordinated action plan for the non-playing areas of the course, then work in harmony with the Greens Committee and wider Green Staff to implement.
First and foremost, we all want a great course to play golf on – the EWG’s aim is merely to promote a rich flora and fauna environment that should enhance everyone’s golfing experience.
The Group plan will be to develop proposals for:
- Planting trees, shrubs, hedgerows and other flora that will provide habitat and food for birds and (desirable) animals
- Identifying and stocking areas of the course suitable for wildflowers and, if the Club deems appropriate, cultivated flower beds
- Placing various types of nesting and roosting boxes for birds, bats, etc. on the course
- Introducing one or two bird feeding stations in the vicinity of the Club House and perhaps the Half Way Hut
- Identifying areas of the course that can be developed for ponds and wet areas which can provide habitat for waterfowl, frogs and other pond life.
Work has already begun and bird feeders and nest boxes are beginning to appear - see photos (select to enlarge) taken at the end of January.
We are proposing to set up a focused section on the Club's website to keep Members informed of what’s happening.
Any Member who wishes to find out more about how to get involved should contact:-
directly or by email (select the links above)
If you are interested, one way to get involved would be to sponsor (by purchasing) some birdseed for the new feeding stations - please speak to Club Manager Paul Keeling or simply drop any donations into the Club Office.
The Ecology Working Group
Keyworth & District Community Concern
As part of our support for the local community, Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club are pleased to endorse the following appeal made by two of its Members.
Aviva Community Fund Grant Application
Keyworth & District Community Concern is a voluntary, non-profit charity operating a mini bus providing transport and support to the elderly and less mobile residents of Keyworth and surrounding villages. It provides transport to and from a Tuesday Lunch Club and Thursday grocery shopping trips, and in line with our charitable aims the bus is also loaned out to other local community and sports groups. In order to safeguard the future of the charity we need to raise funds to replace the ageing bus. Aviva reward grants to those charitable groups who receive the highest number of votes from members of their own community. This is the only charity in Keyworth seeking funds through the Aviva Community Fund – so we asked all residents to please get behind us and support us with your vote!
Voting closed on 18th November 2016 with 3404 votes received, one of the highest set in the "Supporting the Older Generation" section, which is really fantastic.
According to the Aviva website we are a finalist in the £10001 to £25000 category with the winners being announced on 10th January 2017.
STOP PRESS - JANUARY 2017
We have been notified that we have been awarded £25000 towards a new Community Bus, which is fantastic news.
Whilst we still have a gap to cover off, we will be able to put in an order by later in the Spring.
This great news brings our buses right up to date and we can then move onto planning regular fund raising to both support running costs and towards a replacement bus in 6 to 7 years. This will be a challenge but all immediate requirements are sorted.
Its fantastic news - heartfelt thanks go to all the Club Members who along with many other people supported us in achieving this. We were 1 of 18 organisations in the whole country who have been awarded funding at this level.
For further information, please visit the Aviva website
Keyworth & District Community Concern
Get into Golf Event - Sunday 26th June
The Get into Golf event took place on Sunday 26th June between 2.00pm and 4.00pm with six ladies and one girl attending.
Stanton Professional Nick Hernon began by showing them the basics, which was met with much enthusiasm and some success, it must be said.
Some shots were even being applauded by an admiring gallery.
With lots of smiles all round, we adjourned to the putting green.
Again, after some pointers from the Professional, it was down to the practicalities of putting, which we Members know on our greens are ever easy, but clearly fun when it's your first experience!
The mood shifted slightly when Nick announced a putting contest.
Yes, now it became serious and everyone's competitive side appeared.
After 5 holes the result was tied, calling for a sudden-death play off.
The eventual winner is seen here receiving her prize from Lady Captain Jacquie.
It looks as if Stanton will be seeing some more new faces at the coaching sessions, and hopefully as part of our wonderful Ladies' Section in the very near future.
We look forward to welcoming you Ladies.
James "Reg" Varney equals Course Record
Stanton-on-the-Wolds Scratch Team Member James "Reg" Varney has equalled the Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club course record of 66 (with Martin Allen) in the June Thursday Medal.
In benign conditions, with the course still in superb shape after last weekend's Coronation Trophy, James breezed round the front nine in 31 strokes with an eagle on the long 6th together with three birdies.
The momentum was continued on the back nine with four more birdies and although 2 shots were dropped to par, a superb score and joint course record ensued.
Well done James - Stanton is proud of you!
Spinal Research Charity Day
On Wednesday 11th May 2016, Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club hosted an 18 hole shotgun start Stableford Competition in aid of Spinal Research, the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
Almost £5000 was raised on the day for the Charity - a magnificent effort.
Many, many thanks to the organisers and competitors who all contributed so generously in all sorts of different ways to make the day such a huge success.
- 1st - Loughborough Rd Dental Practice - Capt Jeff Cushnie (Radcliffe-on-Trent GC)
- 2nd - Swing it to Wing it - Capt Paul Clarkson (Ruddington Grange)
- 3rd - The Tinglers - Capt Ricky Dunn (Hollinwell)
- 4th - Mickleover Old Boys - Capt Mick Riley (Mickleover)
- Longest Drive Men - Tom Dickens (Radcliffe)
- Longest Drive Ladies - Fran Tunnicliffe (Stanton)
- Nearest the Pin 5th and 15th - Abbie Chambers (The Nottinghamshire)
A fuller report (with photos of the day's events) is available in the Club's website gallery.