In 1993 a decision was taken to form a White Ensign Lodge Golf Society (to be known as The Whelks). The Home Club was to be Abbey Park Golf Club in Redditch.
As the newly formed Society settled down into a regular routine of 6 games between March and October there were those who felt that we should also enjoy a Golf Tour.
At this time Ian Fothergill owned a property in Brittany and so he and 3 other intrepid travellers, Albert “Sticks” Gunter, Peter “Tansy” Lees, Bob “The Guvnor” Sweeting and Ian “Fothers” Fothergill set out. 4 courses were played and thoroughly enjoyed and so, on their return, the WHELKS added a Golf Tour to their Agenda.
By this time, as well as the “Eclectic Shield” presented by the 1st Secretary/Treasurer, individual Members also presented various Trophies and the Society now has an excellent selection which are awarded to the Winners of each game at an Annual Presentation Dinner held in November.
Following 5 tours to France and with the onset of the economic problems, France became an expensive exercise and so our attention turned to The Manor/Ashbury Hotel, near Okehampton, which became the new venue.
Our “Home” Club is now located at Ombersley Golf Club and our first game of each season and our AGM is held there. At the AGM we agree on the Courses we are going to play during the year for example: Ombersley, Bromsgrove, The Vale, Evesham, Sapey, West Midlands, and returning to Ombersley or some other location for the Final Game. We also seek to hold a 3 Clubs and a Putter Competition in November.
The Society continues to move forward and we now have 17 Members and a number of Visitors who enjoy what we do. All games are Stableford except for May which is Strokeplay, off Full Handicap; but beware we have a very strict Handicapping system.
If you enjoy your golf and the company of an excellent group in a well- run Society and would like to come along for a game please contact Information Officer.
On Saturday 30th November the Members of the Society and their Ladies gathered at Stratford Oaks Golf Club for our Annual Presentation Evening hosted by the Society Captain Derek Richards.
The Trophy Table had its usual excellent array of Trophies for all our Matches, including our French Tour and the Golfer of the Year Award.
As always it was an excellent evening and we now look forward to the start of the new, our 21st, season which begins with our AGM and 1st Game at Ombersley Golf Club on Tuesday 10th March.
Visitors are always welcome, please contact our Secretary Martyn Davies : firstname.lastname@example.org
Yet another White Ensign Lodge success when the Lodge once again celebrated in its usual unique fashion the Great Victory at Trafalgar.
This year however as well as celebrating the courage and leadership of Admiral Viscount Nelson we also honoured a hero of our own, a former Honorary Member of the Lodge, PO Cox'n Tommy Gould, VC. W. Bro. Les Leek very kindly presented to the Lodge a framed copy of the London Gazette and Tommy's Medals to be retained by the Lodge and a smaller set which was auctioned by our "Tame" Auctioneer and raised £617.00. This has now been presented by the Purchaser to the Submarine Musueum at HMS Dolphin, Gosport.
Once again an excellent evening with a very good Initiation Ceremony and the usual fine entertainment on the Mess Deck.
On Saturday 6th December 2019 W. Bro. Sgt (S) Ian Fothergill, PPrSGW, LGR returned to the Chair of the Lodge having last been Installed into that Chair in December 1999 as the Millenium Master.
Following an excellent Ceremony, performed by W. Bro. RO1 Mike Harbon, the Officers were Invested and this was followed by the newly Installed WM presenting a cheque for £1,000, as a further contribution by the Lodge to the 2022 Festival Fund, to the Presiding Officer, W. Bro. Michael Dykes, Prov AGM, following which the Ships Company and those Taking Passage retired for the usual Tot prior to entering the Mess Deck for an excellent meal.
This year rather than presenting each Member present with a set of Lodge Cuff Links the WM provided all present with a Pen incorporating a Light. (Ideal for the 3rd Degree).
Tuesday 3rd December once again provided a night of sheer enjoyment with a strong nautical flavour both in the Temple and on the Mess Deck on completion.
Some 26 Companions were on board, including 18 Members of the Crew, and 8 Taking Passage, to celebrate the 20th Installation Convocation. Those on board included the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E. Comp. John M Phenix,(an Honorary Member), Acting 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, E. Comp. Ian M Fothergill, PGStB, PPrGJ, LGCR, and the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, E. Comp. Barry J Griffin, PGStB, all very ably escorted by E. Comp. Tim L Jones, PGStB the Provincial DC.
Unfortunately the MEZ Designate had just been discharged from Sick Bay following an emergency operation and will therefore not assume command until our June 2020 Convocation (04/06/2020). This left E. Comp. Frank Walters, PPrAGDC, on the bridge assisted by the Installation of E. Comp. Martin Green as H and the Induction of E. Comp. Len Venables, ProvGSwdB, as J.
Following the Convocation the ships company retired to the Mess Deck for an excellent meal and where the ships Welfare Officer managed to extract a total, including Gift Aid, of £136.25