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Bransford members thankful for 'wonderful' memorial gesture

Local business supplies stone and plaque free of charge to club

A memorial stone and plaque to commemorate former members has been installed at Bransford Golf Club along with the introduction of two wildflower areas.

They were introduced thanks to the efforts of the club’s ladies section after a suggestion earlier in the year at a committee meeting.

The memorial stone has been sited to the left of the ladies tee on the third hole and alongside one of the new wildflower areas.
The plaque reads: ‘Wildflower areas for friends past who have walked these fairways… Bransford GC 2015’.

SURPRISE

The stone and plaque were made by Callow End stonemasons, Steve Allard and Son, and they had a big surprise in store for the ladies at an informal stone-laying ceremony when they informed there wouldn’t be any charge.

“My father and I both thought it was a wonderful idea to have this memorial stone on the course and the message it contains, especially as it’s on the third tee,” said Lewis Allard.

“We used to be members and still play quite a lot here with our golfing society - The Old Bush Golf Society, and the third is quite special to us as one of our very good friends, who is sadly no longer with us, once had a  hole-in-one on it. So we are delighted to be able donate this for the ladies section and the golf club.”
One of the lady members involved in the stone and wildflower scheme, Anne Hamilton, said the gesture “really took us by surprise”.

“It’s a wonderful gesture and much appreciated,” said Hamilton. “Their generosity means we can look at other areas now. Also, on behalf of the ladies section, we would like to thank all sections of the club for their contributions to the project.”

The ladies say they are also grateful to course manager Graham Wallace and the ground-staff team for their hard work preparing the wildflower areas.

They added that the new memorial stone will give members the opportunity when they play the third to remember friends who have passed away and the stone’s installation comes at quite a poignant time with the club’s oldest member, Stan Parnell having died the week before aged 90.

The other wildflower area on the course is situated to the rear of the 12th tee.

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