Royal Hospital School Golfing Society

Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration Day 9th July 2017

On 9th of July 1987 the inaugural meeting, chaired by Tony Cairns, was held to form the Royal Hospital School Golfing Society. So 2017 is the thirtieth anniversary of that meeting and with 9th July falling on a Sunday a celebration was planned by the current committee on the actual day of the anniversary.

The celebration day included 9 holes of golf in morning for the Tony Cairns trophy fought out between a Captain's side and a Chairman's team followed by refreshments with a further 9 holes team better ball matchplay in the afternoon culminating in a barbecue in the early evening. The day was well supported by the members with 32 playing golf which, with the addition of partners and families, swelled to 61 attending the barbecue.

Photo of 30th anniversary golfers
The day dawned and the weather was glorious. A working party arrived early to erect the gazebo, tables and chairs to be used for half time refreshments. Some essential supplies were also delivered on site. The golfers who were to play started to turn up and were keen to tee off but not before the official photograph was taken by Edward Smith who deserves a thank you for giving up his leisure time to take photos during the day.

Photo golfer with school clock tower in background The golf was completed in the morning and all the participants were greeted by a stunning "halfway house" spread of snacks prepared by Shirley Collins, Anthea Mellis, Elwyn Smith, Rosie Stuart-Thompson and Annie Tyler. The golfers were a bit overwhelmed by this but soon recovered to do justice to the fare. The liquid refreshment was enhanced by a large dispenser containing Terry Whiting's Bloody Mary cocktail. Fully refreshed, the golfers embarked on the second 9 hole match in the afternoon with teams captained by Bill Seggar and Mick Suckling both of whom were original members of the Society.

Photo of Tony Cairns presenting trophy to Roger Tyler Nearly everyone then moved to the garden of the King's Head for a very good barbecue which was also attended by Tony and Kevin Cairns together with Bob and Maggie Good. Speeches were kept to a minimum, but these events don't just happen and recognition was given to the efforts of the Committee, the "halfway house" ladies, Elaine and Trevor of the King's Head and the ground staff at RHS who prepared the course very well. The Tony Cairns trophy was presented by Tony himself to the current Chairman, Roger Tyler whose team had a convincing win over the Captain's team. The afternoon match was narrowly won by Bill Seggar's team. There were further presentations made of a framed aerial photograph of the course signed by all, presented to Tony Cairns, and commemorative glasses to Bill Seggar and Mick Suckling.

The feedback from members was that they thoroughly enjoyed the event and would like another. Watch this space!!!