Pics – 1 Cutting the ribbon Club President, Dave Hulley, Lady Captain, Gabby Hampshire, Club Captain, Phil Normanton, and our local MP, Mary Robinson, member of parliament for Cheadle, 2 The clubhouse in action, 3 Whack the marshmallow, 4 Chipping competition
Avro Golf Club may not be the biggest golf club in Cheshire but it has a great community spirit which was celebrated in style and enjoyed by members, family and friends at a very special day for the club.
Avro official Alan Brandwood said: “The 40th anniversary of Avro becoming an affiliated club was actually last year, 2020, but we couldn’t hold the celebration because of the pandemic, so we decided to hold it now and jointly share it with the official clubhouse opening.
“The clubhouse lounge had a conservatory style plastic roof that was very worn and needed replacement. The toilet block was also very outdated and in poor condition. We decided to replace the roof with an EPDM rubber warm roof construction. This was fitted by a local roofing company.
“At the same time we upgraded the lounge lighting to include 48 new ceiling lights, completely redecorated throughout and fitted new ECO friendly heaters. We also refitted and redecorated the locker rooms and lobby area, all with new flooring and ceiling tiles.
“For the toilets refurbishment, we completely gutted the existing toilets and fitted new ceilings, flooring, tiling, sanitaryware and cupboards. We did all this work using our own labour, except for the tiling, flooring and electrical work. A large group of our members have been thanked for their efforts.
“The project cost £45,000 which was partially funded by a £15,000 grant from Sport England, an £8,000 grant from England Golf, and £5,500 in donations and fundraising from our members. The balance came from our own resources.
“The fun events included a 9-hole Greensome competition, a putting challenge, a chipping challenge, a ‘Whack the marshmallow’ challenge, singing provided by local duo ‘The Macs’, and music provided by our President, Dave Hulley.
“Going forward, we plan to use the clubhouse to get back to more social activities, attract new members and use for functions. As a club, we’re in a phase of bringing our governance up to date, have adopted the England Golf Safeguard policy, and are in the process of signing up to the Women in Golf Charter.
”We are also very proud of our active and growing junior section led by Junior Captain Beth Tweedale.”
Photos & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett