Chairman's Annual Report 2016

Since the last AGM the Society has visited a very windy Frinton on Sea, a mercifully dry and sunny Ipswich Golf Club at Purdis Heath, enjoyed glorious weather at Kenilworth and Little Aston and started the 2016 season once again in glorious weather at West Lancashire with a first visit to one of our recent additions as a participating club, Southport and Ainsdale and what a treat that was for the 71 members who attended.

As I write this report the meeting at Sandiway and Delamere Forest is about to take place, so fingers crossed for June rains to relent.

In addition to the regular meetings there were two autumn tours to France and a spring tour to South Africa.

The numbers attending the regular events and tours would suggest that you, the members, are happy with what the Society is offering but please let any of the committee members, or Brian Ward, know if that is not the case. In particular it is becoming increasingly difficult to select the venue for the spring tour with the variables to be taken into consideration being, when, East, West, South, how far, how long a flight, time difference and of course, cost. South Africa still represents great value but we can’t go there every year and it is not to everyone’s taste. Again please let us know if you have any particular recommendations, requests or comments.

Next year’s meetings are all arranged starting with a visit to the two Suffolk favourites, Aldeburgh and Thorpeness on May 22nd/23rd followed by our first visit to new participating club Conwy on June 12th and North Wales on 13th. Next year’s AGM meeting will be held at The Mere in Cheshire on July 10th/11th followed by Sand Moor and Pannal on August 30th/31st and a long overdue return to The Addington on September 25th/26th.

Financially the Society is in good shape having achieved a small surplus in the year to 29 February 2016, the accounts are available on the Society’s website. The Members area username is - gsgbmember. Contact the office for the password.

Membership numbers have fallen to the 700 level but as ever we would love to see that figure back up to something nearer 750. Tell your golfing friends and clubmates the benefits of GSGB membership and let us see if we can achieve that 750 number.

Robin Moser

Chairman GSGB