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Annual General Meetings -  
Sunday 21st January from 1.00pm 
The AGM's for both Bedfordshire Golf Club and Biddenham Golf Club Limited are taking place this Sunday - 21st January in the Biddenham Suite. 
It's been another successful year at Stagsden, so to hear how well the Golf Club and the Limited Company are doing, please join us in The Biddenham Suite at 1.00pm for the Limited Company AGM, followed by the Club AGM from 1.30pm. 
To read AGM agendas, meeting reports and 2016/17 Accounts, go to the following links and use the User Name and Passwords previously issued to Members & Shareholders: 
Bedfordshire Golf Club AGM 
Biddenham Golf Club Limited AGM 
NB: The Bedfordshire Golf Club AGM can be attended by all Club Members, and the Limited Company AGM by all Shareholders of Biddenham Golf Club Limited. 
200 Club - End of Year and December Draws 
The End of Year 200 Club Draw was held at the New Year's Eve Party and the lucky winners are as follows: 
£500 Mick Field 
£250 Sue Cribb 
£150 David Allen 
The December Draw Winners were as follows: 
£150 John Burke 
£150 Joe Nellis 
Have you subscribed to the BGC 200 Club? If not, call the office and give yourself a chance of being a big winner each month and an even bigger winner each quarter. The lost of 200 Club Winners during 2017 is shown further down this page under 200 Club, followed by full details of how the scheme works and cash prizes on offer. 
The next big social function at the Club will be the Joint Captain's Drive-In & Lunch hosted by our new Club Captain, Jim Godfrey, Ladies Captain, Judy Monico and Seniors' Captain Tim Bailey 
The event takes place on Sunday 28th January (see poster below). The Drive-In is always a packed house, so please reserve the date in your diaries and come and support our new Club Captain, Ladies Captain and Seniors Captain at the start their year. 
Historical Publications 
This features details of Bedfordshire Golf Club's move to our new golf courses and facilities at Stagsden in 2000 after 105 years of golfing history at Biddenham. 
200 CLUB 
Annual Draw Winners 
Mick Field - £500 
Sue Cribb - £250 
David Allen - £150 
December Winners 
John Burke - £150 
Joe Nellis - £150 
November Winners 
John Grover - £150 
Keith Burgess - £150 
October Winners 
Keith Burgess - £150 
Sue Senior - £150 
September Winners 
Geraint Dixon - £150 
Joe Nellis - £150 
August Winners  
Brian Hamilton - £150 
John Cook - £150 
July Winners 
Roger Willis - £150 
Marie Wright - £150 
Links to the 200 Club are below - if you're not already in it - why not sign up today and see what cash prizes you could win each month? 
Copies of the 2017 club diary are available from the Club Office. To view the online versions, please click on the links below: 
Christmas Lunch Attended by Nearly 100 Guests 
Nearly 100 guests attended a very successful and enjoyable Christmas Lunch on Sunday. The lunch was preceded by songs from the voices of 'Fusion' (see below), a young group of local singers, who performed very well, especially as their numbers were reduced by the colds and flu bug currently doing the rounds! 
Always a very popular event, The Biddenham Suite was nearly at capacity for this traditional Pre-Christmas lunch at the club. Those attending were treated to one of Chef's excellent festive meals followed by Mince Pies and Coffee. 
Our thanks go to the team who looked after everyone so well throughout a relaxed and enjoyable event. 
Regional Finalists Amazed at Bedfordshire GC 
On Thursday 19th October we were delighted to host the England Golf South East Region Seniors League Final between Hampshire and Hertfordshire and Hampshire 6 points to 4 
As the club hosting this event, we received many complimentary comments including: 
Both Captains commenting on the impressive quality of the course and particularly the greens (fast and true) and the fairways (consistently and uniformly high quality). 
Virtually every player we spoke to said that their home course is now playing to winter rules (which we are not, yet) and they were amazed at how good our course is in October! 
The President of Hertfordshire Golf took pictures of the 6th Green with no players on it and when asked why, he said that he was going to send them to the Course Manager at his own club as an example of how neat and tidy green edges should look! 
A number of players and officials commented on the warm and friendly welcome they had received (during both the practice and competition rounds) from both staff and members. 
The President of Bedfordshire Golf and his senior officers were all extremely impressed by the quality of the course, facilities generally and the hospitality extended and commented specifically about the very impressive way in which we hosted this event which they felt reflected very well on the county generally. 
All in all - well done to the greens team and all those who helped or supported the event from Bedfordshire Golf Club. We should feel very proud of just how impressed everyone was about our club. 
Bedfordshire Golf Club updates club logo 
In 2016 Bedfordshire Golf Club celebrated its 125th Anniversary, and in doing so created a special club logo to recognise the event, incorporating the original club crest and a new-style 125th Anniversary 'scroll' underneath. 
This logo was very well received by members, with the majority purchasing at least one item of club clothing to celebrate this major event for the club. It was always intended that the club would revert to the original 'crest' when we moved into our 126th year, but having done so, many felt that the original crest was perhaps missing something and looked a little dated. 
With this in mind, the management team has now produced an enhanced version of the original club crest with a new 'scroll' to create a new logo which includes 'Founded 1891'. This also has the benefit that it is no longer time-bound by any particular event or celebration and can be used by the club for many years to come. The new logo is shown below. 
We hope you like the new version, as you will start to see it on branded items around the club in the weeks to come. 
You will, we're sure, also be pleased to know that you will be able to sport this updated version of the Club logo when you're playing golf, as it will be featured on the Autumn stock from 1st October in the Professional Shop, both for member purchases and on staff uniforms. An offer will be sent to you shortly in your membership renewals pack, giving you the opportunity to receive an early order discount. 
Clubhouse Refurbishment - Window replacements 
Members will be pleased to know that as part of our ongoing clubhouse refurbishment and improvement programme, we are now replacing all the faulty window panels throughout the building. Some of the sealed units within these windows have failed resulting in a cloudy appearance. This work is being carried out by Bromham Windows, a local company which specialises in double-glazed windows. 
Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of July. We apologise for any inconvenience caused whilst the work is going on. 
New Entrance Walkway - Finally Completed 
We are delighted to report that the new stone & rubber compound laid on the walkway to the front entrance of the Club House has finally been completed to our satisfaction. 
After several failed attempts, the contractors have at last supplied and fitted a compound to meet our quality requirements. The surface provides a permeable layer for rain and excellent grip when walking down the slope, even during the winter period. In addition, it is much more aesthetically pleasing than the previous concrete 'stone' surface.  
For all of you who have already seen it and walked on it, we are sure you will agree it is a major improvement to our club house entrance. 
Greens Renovation Completed 
Hollow coring/greens renovation was completed in late April on all 18 greens on the Stagsden Course. An essential process, we hope you will all now see the benefits, with faster, smoother and truer greens on which to play your golf. For the full story click here 
Spring Lane, Stagsden - ROAD NOW OPEN AGAIN 
Members will be pleased to know that the essential bridge repairs on Spring Lane, Stagsden have been completed well ahead of schedule and the road is now open again! 
2017 Joint Captains' Drive-In -  
2017 AGM and Captain's handover 
The club AGM took place on Sunday 22nd January. Chairman, Steve Coppock and General Manager, Geraint Dixon reported that the club is in good health, with a record surplus in 2016 and a steady stream of new members joining from a variety of local clubs, who cite the excellent range of facilities on offer, great value for money and perhaps most of all - the warm welcome they receive in their first few weeks here! 
2017 Captain, John Simpson takes the helm at AGM - see the full story on the Club Captain's Page 
Past Captain, Kevin Dunbar bowed out after a very successful year and handed over to new Club Captain, John Simpson. John said it is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to captain Bedfordshire Golf Club - especially at such a good time for the club. He is looking forward to meeting, and playing golf with, as many members as possible during his year and to doing all he can to ensure the club continues on its current successful journey. 
New Officers at the Club for 2017 
In addition to new Club Captain, John, several other new officers have been appointed in 2017 as follows: 
Vice Captain, Jim Godfrey 
Ladies Captain, Anne Harris 
Seniors Captain, Terry Mizzi 
Board Member, Clive Haywood 
Board Member, Barry Sullivan 
Chair of Competitions, John Haines 
We wish them all well in fulfilling their new roles. 
Anne Harris - Volunteer of the Year Award 
I'm delighted to announce that in-coming Ladies Captain, Anne Harris, has been recognised by the Bedfordshire County Golf Union for her contribution to the promotion of golfing activities, not just within our Club - but across the County. 
Anne was presented with her award at Mount Pleasant Golf Club and on behalf of everyone in the Pro-Shop in particular & the Club in general, I'd like to thank Anne for all the effort she puts in behind the scenes, trying to get things done…..even if it does make our lives tougher at times! It's good to see that someone who actively shuns the limelight has finally had the spotlight turned on them - well deserved! 
Former member Henry Longhurst inducted into World Golf's Hall of Fame 
Members may be interested to know that one of the best known former members of Bedfordshire Golf Club has been inducted into World Golf’s Hall of Fame, as part of the Class of 2017, along with Ian Woosnam & Davis Love, see link: 
Many of you might be unaware of Henry, understandably since he died in 1978, but he was quite a character during his life. Born in Bedford and part of the Longhurst family who established Longhurst & Skinner, he went to Bedford School, before studying at Clare College, Cambridge. He became interested in politics and was eventually elected as MP for Acton, see wikipedia: 
A keen golfer throughout his life, he started writing for a monthly golf magazine, which eventually came to the attention of the Sunday Times, from which he became their golf correspondent. He subsequently became the BBC’s senior golf commentator, featuring on several US network broadcasts. 
Most members are probably unaware that the bell in Bedfordshire Golf Club's lounge, which is rung by The Captain to announce results of competitions, is in honour of Henry Longhurst himself! 
The Deacon Dinner & Cup 
The Deacon Dinner took place on Saturday 27th May in The Biddenham Suite. One of the Club's most prestigious Men's events, which has taken place almost every year since the 1920's, it was a very enjoyable if somewhat alcoholically fuelled evening. Following an excellent meal, and Captain John's own amusing golfing 'tales', he introduced this year's guest speaker who was none other than BGC member Nick Willis. Nick, in his own inimitable style, provided a very entertaining speech for the 60+ guests, with some hilarious anecdotes and golfing tales. He received warm and well deserved applause. 
Sunday morning arrived and many of those on the putting green members were complaining of sore heads! Perhaps this explained some of the scores, as very, very few managed to play to their handicap. A small number did though, and things were so tight at the top after 18 holes that a play-off was called for between new member Rob Donnelly and Chris Johnson who were tied on Net 69. 
The ultimate victor after 21 holes and Deacon Cup Winner for 2017 was Rob Donnelly - yet another Major's Board with the family name on it! Well done to Rob and of course, Chris for his excellent and sporting performance. 
Below: Rob Donnelly with Captain John 
Also played for in this competition is of course, The Judges Cup for the lowest gross score over 18 holes. This year, the trophy was deservedly won by Colin Beard with a 75.  
Below: Colin receiving his trophy from Captain, John 
Celtic Night - Saturday 4th March 
The Biddenham Suite was packed with over 100 members and guests for a hugely successful Celtic Night. A welcome from a Scottish Piper got everyone in the mood and he then accompanied Norman McQueen in 'Toasting the Haggis'. Following an excellent meal with English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh themes, Local Irish band, Life of Riley got everyone up and dancing. Following his Drive-In lunch, this was Captain John Simpson's first social event in the role, and he manfully overcame a sore throat as MC. The photo above shows Geraint and his mates belting out some Welsh 'classics' - if you can call them that! 
The Quiz Night on Friday 31st March, proved a very enjoyable evening and a very close contest. Those attending enjoyed a supper of Lasagne accompanied by mixed salad, and by the sound of some of the answers - quite a bit of alcoholic refreshment too! 
After much too-ing and fro-ing between the best performing teams, the winners were the table comprising David & Helen Owen, new members Graham & Rose Gill, Helen & Steve Gilder and Anne & Nick Willis who will of course organise the next event in the autumn. 
Thanks go to Board Chairman Steve Coppock and team who organised the quiz this time. 
Captain's Drive-In Lunch - Sunday 29th January 
The Captain's Drive-In Lunch took place in a packed Biddenham Suite on Sunday 29th January. Members, families and friends enjoyed a lovely meal and a speech from New Club Captain John Simpson in which he outlined his plans for the year ahead. He thanked all those who have supported him to this point and of course, those who will be providing an endless supply of it during the year ahead - especially Ladies Captain Anne and of course his lovely wife Sue! 
Above (top) - Captain John, family and friends - and (below) Ladies Captain Anne, family and friends. 
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