Dear Friends and members, My year as Captain will come to a close at the AGM on February 23rd, it has been my pleasure and an honour to serve as Captain of Grange Fell Golf Club for 2018. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me through my year. I have many great memories of a very enjoyable year. I held a charity evening earlier in the year, a raffle on Captain’s Day, donation bottle on the bar and a generous donation from Gary and Mark Johnstons Golf tour helped me raise £1284.58 which I have rounded up to £1300.00. I will be donating £1000.00 to Prostate Cancer UK a very worthy charity and £300.00 to Nsobe Community School in Zambia. A friend of mine and a team of helpers have been going to the school in Zambia for a number of years all voluntary; Keith does a lot of good work, one of them being football coaching and running a football tournament. The £300.00 has managed to buy a brand new football kit and other stuff the kids will enjoy. I am delighted to have been able to help out and look forward to seeing a picture of them in there new kit when Keith takes it over in the summer. I would like to thank Ellie for her year as Lady Captain, Alan for his year as President and Dave for being my Vice-Captain. I would like to congratulate our new Captain Dave Robb, our new Lady Captain Anne Lawson, our new Vice Captain Ian Campbell and our President Alan Johnston on his second year of office. My best wishes to you all and I hope you all have a successful and enjoyable year in 2019. It was a busy start to my year with the unfortunate break-ins at the Green Keepers Shed. Many thanks to everyone who kindly donated towards the security upgrades that we had to put in place. We have a much more secure compound to store our machinery and tools in now plus a new CCTV system for the Club House and Green Keepers Compound. A big thanks to all the members who came and helped with the removal of the fence between the club house and the ninth green; the new grass area is well established and it will be a big improvement to the entrance to the course. Also thanks to the members who helped build the bonfire and a big thanks to Mick O D for sorting out the firework display. I was definitely blessed with some fantastic weather during my year as Captain, but this made life very difficult for Mike our green keeper; he didn’t have much grass to cut for the majority of the summer but he worked tirelessly trying to keep the greens watered and the course presentable so thanks to Mike for all his hard work and to Graham Shepherd, our Chairman of Greens for all his hard work during the year also. As most of you must be aware like most of the golf clubs in the area there seems to be a short fall of new people taking up golf as a hobby so new members are hard to come by. Our club relies on functions and tribute nights for much needed additional funds. The council work very hard behind the scenes and give up their spare time to work the bar at these events. Anyone who could help out behind the bar occasionally, your help would be greatly appreciated. Please let Derek or Ian know if you are prepared to help out behind the bar. I wish you all good health and happy golfing for 2019. Your Captain, Kevin.