Golf club stalwarts recognised at ‘Oscars Night’

Dr Forbes Watson and his wife Noreen
Dr Forbes Watson and his wife Noreen
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A TOUCH of Hollywood glamour came to Lyme Regis for a recent Oscars-theme night at the golf club.

The event was originally supposed to be held around the time of the actual Academy Awards – better knowns as the Oscars – in March, but due to the ‘Beast from the East’, it had to be postponed as Lyme was covered in snow.

Billed as ‘the most glamorous night of the year’ the evening was a sell-out success with almost 100 guests arriving on the red carpet at Lyme Regis Golf Club in black tie and evening gowns.

Oscar-style trophies were awarded to those who had made a special contribution to the golf club, as it celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

Julian Cox won the award for his tireless support for the green keepers on work to create new bunkers and it was agreed the cliff-top course had never looked better.

Rosie Jackman and Ronnie Turner won with their husbands for the support and commitment to various committees which the club just couldn’t do without, and Cliff Powley was honoured for supporting the Captain and Ladies Captain’s chosen charity – the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust – by collecting hundreds of pounds dressed up as Santa Claus last Christmas.

The club was also delighted to have among the recipients local GP Dr Forbes Watson and his wife Noreen for their outstanding contribution to the local community. This award was particularly well received by the guests who where happy to show their appreciation.

Melissa won the ‘International Award’ for being placed as runner up in a golf tournament in Dubai, and she also accepted an accolade on behalf of Mike Hankey, who couldn’t be there on the night.

Professional golfer and club manager Duncan Driver received a special award for raising more than £3,000 in sponsorship for a 10k run last year by doing a 10K run in aid of a local hospice, and he has agreed to do it again this year for the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust.

The final award went to chef Steve for really putting the club’s Greens Restaurant on the map with his knock out menus and superb Sunday lunches, which continue to be a huge hit with golf members and visitors alike.

Club captain Lee Caddy, who hosted the event, said: “We couldn’t have been more delighted with the evening. Great food and company and it was really nice to recognise and award so many people for their contribution to the golf club and local community.

“We are very lucky at Lyme Regis Golf Club to have such a supportive membership which really does make this a very special and friendly golf club.

“The award ceremony itself was such fun, hosted by local auctioneer Graham Barton who did a fantastic job entertaining us, as well as acknowledging all the nominees and winners, with a special thanks going to Stephen Ravenscroft for being our very talented ghost writer.

“Due to everyone’s kind generosity on the evening, we raised more than £1,400 for the Forturneswell Cancer Trust at Dorchester Hospital.  So a very big thank you to everyone, your continued support is greatly appreciated”.

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