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The grass may have stopped growing with all of the frosts we’ve been having, but that doesn’t mean that the greens team can take it easy over winter! We’re well underway with our annual winter conservation work here at Cumberwell and there’s still plenty more to do.

Throughout January we have continued the planting programme on the Par 3 course. Further blocks of hawthorn, blackthorn and cotoneaster have been planted which will help to add definition between the fairways. A seventy metre hedgerow has also been planted using a ‘Stewardship’ species mix including: hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, guilder rose and spindleberry. The hedgerow makes for a more natural looking border to the course and also provides a wildlife corridor for mammals to move around more freely.

The flowerbeds surrounding the island green lake are now well established and the dogwood will provide a vibrant colour display in the coming year. We have been adding woodchip mulch to the beds and around the base of the newly planted trees, helping to reduce weed establishment and aiding in water retention around the roots in the dryer summer months.

The rockery surrounding the amphibian ponds on the main driveway has now been planted with an array of grasses and ground cover, and will provide an eye catching display this coming summer.

Conservation work has also started on the main course with the coppicing of hazel. By reducing hazel stands down to a stump we can increase light to surrounding plants and encourage new growth. Coppicing also allows dead and diseased wood to be removed and helps to extend the life of the plant. We don’t remove every hazel stand each year as the course would lose some definition and character (and because there are so many!), but instead coppice selected individuals. We will also be thinning out other hedgerows in the weeks to come, particularly those surrounding greens. Opening up areas around greens will increase airflow and light, encouraging stronger greens with less disease.

Ditches around the course will also be cleaned out shortly as plants and silt have reduced the water flow.

Our tree survey is always ongoing and aims to ensure all of our established and ancient trees are safe around areas of play. Some of the trees around the car park have now reached maturity and are beginning to encroach on each other. We will be removing some of these trees to preserve and encourage the remaining specimens.

The birds at Cumberwell don’t get forgotten over the winter months either. During February we will be cleaning out and checking the condition of our smaller bird boxes. These boxes are occupied by blue tits and great tits and usually have a high occupancy rate. We will be repairing and replacing these as appropriate to encourage more birds to the course. The larger boxes for the owls and kestrels will also be checked and the bedding refreshed for the coming season.

So there’s plenty of conservation work to be done in the coming weeks and hopefully you’ll be seeing the fruits of our labours as you’re playing in the, hopefully, much warmer summer!

Jon Keepen – Head of Conservation

Cumberwell Ladies celebrated Christmas in style with a 9 hole Bowmaker competition followed by a traditional Christmas lunch. Linda Brown, our Lady Captain hosted the day. The raffle was in aid of Linda’s charity for the year, Save the Children.

Whilst sipping pre dinner drinks, a quiz and putting competition was organised before lunch was served.

After a very good lunch, the ladies were entertained by Lesley Foreman and fellow singers of the ‘City Angel Three’, with a collection of musical theatre numbers. This was beautifully presented and well received by everyone. A wonderful end to a lovely day.

Happy New Year to all the members at Cumberwell

Health and Happiness for 2017

(…as well as fantastic golf for all)

Cumberwell Park Ladies Christmas Lunch

Cumberwell Park Ladies enjoying Christmas Lunch

Cumberwell Park Ladies Christmas Lunch entertainment

Cumberwell Ladies being entertained by singers from the ‘City Angel Three’

WLCGA Coronation Medal final at Upavon on 9 October 2016

Having won the Club qualifying competition, Helen Walker went through as the Cumberwell Ladies representative with fellow Cumberwell golfer, Caroline Row.  In this county final, Helen won the Division 1 group and came 2nd overall with a nett 73 on count back.

Congratulations to Helen Walker on her achievement. (pictured below with her trophy)

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Winter 2016

Paths

The relatively dry autumn has allowed us to make good progress with extending pathways as well as improving existing ones. Last winter highlighted the need to extend pathways and we have prioritised the worst areas. The initial aim was to excavate the area for the new paths and haul the bulk of the path material whilst ground conditions were suitable. This method has paid off as we can now spend time finishing the paths and adding a topping layer. When constructing paths, we have to consider how the path will behave during periods of heavy rain. You will have noticed we camber the paths in some areas in an attempt to shed the water off on to the grass. Paths that have been completed or are in progress include: 2nd tee area, 3rd tee area, 3rd green/4th tee area, 5th green/6th tee area, 7th green/8th tee area, 11th tees to fairway, 11th green to 12th tees, 13th tees to 13th green, 14th tees to fairway, 15th tees to fairway, 17th tees to fairway. The main aim of these pathways is to aid trolley and foot traffic through areas prone to mud. Please make use of them where appropriate.

Bunkers

A number of bunkers require major re-modelling whereas other just require the sand to be replaced. This will start once we have made further progress with the pathway improvements.

We have a number of bunkers which have suffered from contamination as a result of the excessive winter rain. Flood water has carried fine soil particles into the bunkers which, over a period of time, has restricted the ability of many bunkers to drain. The work will involve removing all contaminated sand, checking drains and replacing with new sand.

There are several bunkers on the orange course that will require more substantial works to improve them. The bunkers on the 32nd fairway absorb much of the surrounding fairway water meaning they often washout and fill with water. We will need to redirect surface water to remedy this. The base of these bunkers are very stony so this will be replaced by clay.

 

Matt James
Course Manager

On a blustery day, over 40 ladies took part in the Autumn Meeting competition followed by a meal and prize giving and the announcement and presentation of further monthly medal and trophy winners.

Under the theme of Halloween, the Lady Captain, Mel Probert and members of the committee entertained everyone to a dance performance of ‘Thriller’ amidst a Halloween background and Michael Jackson on film.

This delighted and amazed the Ladies and a welcome thanks was given to Mel & the committee as well as Sue Warren as Choreographer. Even Michael Jackson made an appearance!

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ladiesautumn6 Winners of the ‘Ghost’ Team:

Angela Hannam, Suzanne Carten &
Theresa Cogswell with Mel.

Winners of the 9 hole Competition:

Patsy Lewis & Ellie Osbourne with Mel

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Autumn Meeting Competition

Winner: Angela Clements
Runner-Up: Lucy James
Third: Jean Relph
Fourth: Angela Hannam

Nearest the Pin:
Louanne Proudfoot & Fiona Snape

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Paul Upton pictured below after scoring a hole-in-one in Monday’s Seniors friendly match at Manor House.

Congratulations Paul!

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Under blue skies, August 16th saw 82 entrants turn out for the Senior Captains Charity Trophy. From a ‘Shotgun’ start and based on drawn Hi-Lo pairs, the winners Trophy went to Keith Ritch and Peter Palframan.

In parallel with the pairs event and inspired by the return of golf to the Olympics, the opportunity was taken to stage an Individual competition with prizes and medals going to the first three. Seen below is winner Ernie Ferriday who, having received his winners prize from Alan Baker, was decorated with a ‘gold’ medal by Mel Probert the Lady Captain.

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