Mayor of Ferndown Cllr John Lewis presenting cheque to club captain Barry VincentFollowing the Mayor of Ferndown’s civic day lunch hosted by Ferndown Golf Club, the mayor, Cllr John Lewis presented club captain, Barry Vincent, with a plaque in recognition of the club’s centenary and its contribution to Ferndown life.

One of the world’s top 1,000 golf courses, a moving presentation of its history was given by Martin Stewart of Stewart’s Garden Centre who recalled the family’s business and its role in the building of Ferndown Golf Club. Martin’s father was a previous captain.

Barry Vincent spoke briefly of the club’s proud history, liberally sprinkled with the names of many golfing greats who have played the course including Harry Vardon, Percy Alliss, Peter Alliss, Sir Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam. Ferndown Golf Club hosts the Alliss-Merlo charity golf day every September which benefits many disabled young people in and around Dorset.

The lunch concluded with a fascinating talk on the history of Ferndown by Mike Fenner followed by an indoor putting competition which raised over £100 for the Mayor of Ferndown’s chosen charity, Langside School for children with physical and learning difficulties, including cerebral palsy.

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