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Inter Livery Clay Shoot
On 17th May the WCIB team (Michael Llewelyn-Jones, Henrietta Royale, Jordan Buck and Alex Rottenburg) took part in the annual Inter Livery Clay Shoot at the Holland & Holland grounds in Ruislip. 107 teams (so 428 guns) took part, and we came 65th= (with the Skinners) with a (respectable rather than brilliant) score of 198. The winners were (as usual) the Gunmakers with 351! Our best shot (by a margin) was Jordan Buck. The highest individual score amongst all participants was 79 - amazing shooting, just one clay missed! A very damp day but much enjoyed by all of us.
Golf Section 2017
WCIB Golfers on May 24th from L-R: Bernie van Praagh, Emma English, Jason van Praagh, Charles Burrows, Andrew Lee, Cliff Knowlden
May always sees the start of a busy golfing period for the Society.
Tom Dissen ( Society Captain) , Cliff Knowlden, Andrew Lee and John Nestor represented the Company in the Prince Arthur Cup competition at Walton Heath. This 36 hole foursome bogey competition is always a highlight and with 48 Livery companies represented, the team performed well to finish 3rd equal on points but 5th on countback. This ensures our entry for next year but it was very much a case of “ if only”. We were in 2nd spot after the morning round but could not maintain the momentum in the afternoon. Andrew and John unluckily missed out on a prize for the best 18 hole score in the afternoon (again on countback) . Event winners were The Merchant Taylors.
Our Spring Meeting was held at the New Zealand Golf Club on May 24th. What a scorching day! The course was absolutely stunning to look at with lush green grass and surrounded by shrubs and flowers in full bloom. Winner of the main singles event and the Spring Trophy was Andrew Lee, with Trevor Bush the runner up. Cliff Knowlden won the Keller Cup (over 60 competition). Nearest Pin Prizes were won by David Roberts and Can Bitirim. Charles Burrows won the guest prize (guest of Andrew Lee) with a best of the day score of 35 points whilst the ladies prize was won by Emma English.
The temperature went up several notches after lunch and the greensome competition was won by Jason van Praagh and his father Bernie, who was over from Melbourne. Their score at 31 points over the 13 holes was very impressive. Runners up in that competition were Tom Dissen and Can Bitirim.
At 21 the turnout for the event was a little disappointing and hopefully we will return with a higher number next year. Those present on the day felt that we really must retain playing at New Zealand. It is a course that is not on many people’s radar but it truly is a wonderful venue and we are always made most welcome.
We now turn to playing in a variety of Livery Company events and reports will appear here in due course.
Enjoy the Summer everyone.
Our first event of the year took place at The Addington near Croydon. On what was a really good weather day scoring was pretty good overall. The course was in very good condition for so early in the year and the greens significantly quicker than most of us have seem to date! The course is a real gem and with plans in for a completely new clubhouse having been submitted , this will be some venue in the future. We will certainly return there.
A strong turnout of 35 saw the Captain’s Prize ( from new incoming Captain , Tom Dissen) and AGM Salver won by Alexej Pikovsky with 37 points. Well done Alexej on your first golfing success. Runner up was Tony Tucker on 35 points whilst in 3rd was Andrew Lee with 34 points. Andrew was playing off 2 shots below his club handicap ( as he had been a previous prize winner) so his score was very solid. The guest prize was won by Emma English ( guest of Cliff Knowlden) with 35 points,. Derek Nute ( guest of Peter Hinson) was 2nd on 34 and Keith Mullins ( guest of Michael Housden) was 3rd ( on countback) with 33 points. Nearest pin prizes were won by Emma and John Treadwell whilst the Seniors’ winner was Michael Bowles.
Our next event is at New Zealand Golf Club on May 24th.
We held our AGM after the prizegiving and this saw Tom Dissen appointed as Captain for the next 2 years with Andrew Lee being his vice Captain. AGM MInutes will be circulated to all golfers in the coming weeks.
Good luck to everyone and best wishes for all who are representing the Company in the various inter livery competitions throughout the year.
GOLF SECTION REVIEW 2016: Cliff Knowlden
On 29th September we had our annual visit to Swinley Forest Golf Club.
This really is a gem of a course and the tees have been extended to make it a tougher challenge ( it was never easy!). So much so that at our next AGM we will consider reverting to yellow tees for all events.
35 players including 15 guests attended . We enjoyed a sunny Autumnal afternoon after a pretty dismal morning.
The main singles trophy ( The De la Barre) was won by Andrew Lee , with Graham Penn 2nd ( on Countback) from Mark Stevenson who finished 3rd.
Our Guest winner was Niall Keegan ( guest of Jason van Praagh) with a best of day score of 37 points . 2nd was David Vander ( also Jason’s guest) and 3rd Seth Melhado ( husband of Noel Harweth).
The Ladies prize was won by Christine Barker ( guest of Cliff Knowlden)
Cliff Knowlden retained the Korts Salver.
The afternoon greensome competition was won by our Captain , John Treadwell and his wife Anne with 26 points over 13 holes
The final presentation was for the Mallory Trophy , which is awarded for the highest score at our 3 events This was won by John Treadwell for his 37 points at North Hants Golf Club earlier in the year.
Cliff Knowlden recently sent out a short questionnaire to member golfers seeking feedback on the Swinley event – result is that we shall be returning there in 2017.
Photograph shows left to right Andrew Lee, John Treadwell and Cliff Knowlden with their trophies.
Dates for your diaries next year:
AGM Meeting at The Addington March 27th
New Zealand Meeting May 24th
Swinley Meeting October 5th
Golf Update July 2016
July is always the busiest period of the year for the Golf Section and saw us entering teams in 5 events
Starting with the W C Marketors Golf Day at Verulam on July 4th, the overall result was:
1st were Chartered Inst of Marketing. 2nd W C Water Conservators. 3rd ourselves.
We were also runners up in the Inter Livery Comp. So an excellent attempt to retain trophy we won in 2015.
Peter Hinson won the nearest pin prize . Team Tom Dissen, Peter Hinson, Trevor Bush , Michael Bowles.
Whilst the day is primarily geared towards fellowship, some £900 was raised for the Lord Mayor’s Charity.
This was followed by The Loriners Golf day at Sundridge Park July 8th :
The winning team were The Horners B team on count back with 89 points from Loriners A team , 3rd were the Loriners second team on 86 points .
WCIB team scored a very credible 84 points so just missing potentially coming 3rd.
Our individual scores were Tom Dissen scored 38 points and was second on count back to the individual winner). Rest of team Jonathan King, Peter Hinson, Chris Lyons
Lord Mayor’s Golf Day at Stoke Park on July 11th. A strong 2nd 9 holes rally saw the team finish mid table. Can Bitirim eagled the par 5 13th. Event raised about £15,000 for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Team comprised (left to right in picture) David Roberts, Can Bitirim, Master Michael Llewelyn- Jones and Jason van Praagh.
The Info Technologists Charity Golf Day was held at Porters Park on the 20th July 2016. David Beever, John Nestor, Mark Sismey-Durrant and Robbie Kerr formed our team. It was one of the warmest days of the year and a rather stiff breeze meant the course was playing fairly difficult. Scoring based off 2 best stableford scores out of 4 with each person having to contribute 4 times to the card. In a rather novel move each player was able to purchase 2 shots back and 2 ‘ mulligans ‘ at a cost of £10.
20 teams competed and all in all, the scoring was low with Tribune Digital beating White Oaks PR on countback with a score 78 points and Natwest came third on 74 points. We came a creditable 5th equal on 71 points which could have been better had the team remembered to use their ‘ mulligans ‘!!
The final competition in the WCIB Golf Society’s calendar for 2016 took place on 28th July at Hartley Wintney Golf Club. This was the Livery Schools Link Ray Jeffs Cup Competition which raises money for the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Greater London and helps schools to fund their schemes.
The WCIBGS entered two teams out of the 19 taking part and we were delighted that The Master joined “International Bankers 1”, which included the Captain, John Treadwell and ably supported by Michael Bowles and Tony Tucker. The second team was led by former Captain, Jonathan King and included Klaus Schreiner, John Naish and Chris Lyons.
The competition was 18 holes Stableford with the best two scores to count and, on a glorious July morning in calm conditions, we set off optimistically and started well. Unfortunately, as the wind got up and with occasional light drizzle, the scores could not keep pace. Nevertheless, Team 2 came in with a very creditable 78 points.
Team 1 managed 85 points but the winning team score was 93 points by the Air Pilots; there were three teams on 85 points but we were pushed back into 4th place by the countback); the Environmental Cleaners were second and the Actuaries were third. There were “Nearest the Pin” prizes on the four par 3 holes and John Treadwell won prizes for two of them, as well as second place in the individual competition on 38 points - losing out on first place (from the Furniture Makers) due to countback once again.
Well played to everyone who represented the Company this year
Our 2016 Golfing Season started March 22nd at North Hants Golf Club.
On what was a fabulous sunny day with 39 players, scoring was far from easy on a very challenging course- Justin Rose’ home course’
With the Master also playing, the winner of the captain’s prize and AGM salver was......our Captain John Treadwell with a best of the day score of 37 points. Andrew Hall was runner up with John Naish 3rd.
The ladies prize was won by Corinne Dissen ( wife of the Society Vice captain) whilst the guest winner was Pete Weller ( guest of Cliff Knowlden). Runner up was Alistair Griffiths ( guest of Can Bitirim).
Nearest Pin prizes were won by our Master- Michael Llewelyn-Jones and Vicky Mackintosh ( wife of Ian).
The Seniors prize was won by Trevor Bush.
Pictured left: John Treadwell ( individual winner with AGM Salver), Corinne Dissen (wife of Tom and ladies’ winner) and our Master, Michael Llewelyn-Jones who won nearest the pin prize
In May we fielded a team of 4 at the Annual Prince Arthur Cup Competition at Walton Heath. With 52 teams competing this is the main Inter Livery Competition of the year. Our team comprising John Treadwell ( Capt), Cliff Knowlden, Andrew Lee and John Nestor finished 9th so comfortably qualified for entry into next year’s competition. John N and Andrew finished all square for the day a fine result on what was a testing day. The event winners were the Brewers ( finishing all square) who won on countback from the Spectacle Makers.
In June, we held our Spring Meeting at the New Zealand Golf Club. With temperatures reaching 70 degrees the course looked magnificent. The rhododendrons were in full bloom and the course itself was in superb condition. Tom Dissen retained the Trophy on countback from both Jason van Praagh in 2nd and John Treadwell 3rd. Tony Tucker won the Keller Cup. The Ladies prize was won by Anne Treadwell ( wife of John). Nearest Pin prizes were Chris Pelosi ( guest of Robbie Kerr) and John Treadwell. Our Master, Michael Llewelyn-Jones was in prime position to win one of the N/ P prizes but was narrowly pipped by Chris who was playing in the final group. Our Guest winner was Doug Hutton ( guest of Peter Hinson) and runner up Barry Elvidge (also a guest of Robbie).
Scoring had proved difficult in the morning- maybe everyone was looking forward to the great lunch that NZ provides. The afternoon greensomes competition saw scoring at a very high level. This 13 hole event was John and Anne Treadwell winning with a superb 31 stableford points, with Robbie and Klaus Schreiner runners up with 27.
New Zealand winners: Klaus Schreiner, Tom Dissen and John Treadwell
Details for our final competition of the year ( at Swinley Forest on Sept 29th) have recently been sent out.
Cliff Dammers, a founder member of the Company and a keen sailor, has taken over from Kerttu Kylasepp as Commodore and is looking forward to sailing with members of the Company and their guests. Kerttu is owed a tremendous vote of thanks for all her work and enthusiasm in starting the club and keeping it going so well.
We have been invited to participate in the Bank Series of regattas, including the Bank of England Regatta, one of the highlights of the sailing calendar.
7-8 May Portcullis Regatta, hosted by the Portcullis Sailing Club.
Venue: the Royal Ocean Racing Club in Cowes
28-29 May Bank of England Regatta
Venue: the Royal Ocean Racing Club in Cowes
3-4 September Spread Eagle Regatta
Venue: the Royal Ocean Racing Club in Cowes
1-2 October John Lewis Regatta
Venue: the Island Sailing Club in Cowes
The Company’s Sailing Club started the year with a super day on the water, competing in the inaugural Bar Society Yacht Club Regatta, hosted by the Seaview Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight on 23 April. The Company’s team, sailing in three Seaview one design Mermaids, came first in the morning series and ended up second overall at the end of the day, just a few points behind the Bar Yacht Club and well ahead of the House of Commons Yacht Club and the Law Society Yacht Club.
The weather was unseasonably cold and a little windy but there was sun all morning and for a bit of the afternoon. We had wind over tide during the morning races, making for choppy conditions and interesting racing.
I hope we can have another training evening and try for a more successful Channel crossing to Cherbourg or Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue.
Several yacht clubs in the City have asked us to join them in events and visits and there is a possibility of cruises in company in the Solent and along the South Coast