OSGS Report for the Farewell Meeting for Tim Lewis, Retiring Hon Sec, and Presentation of Gifts to him at Huntercombe Golf Club on Friday 17 August 2108.
On Friday 17 August 2018 a Farewell Celebration took place at Huntercombe Golf Club, Oxfordshire to celebrate Tim Lewis’ (R 1950-55) 22 years as Honorary Secretary to the OSGS between 1996 and 2018 and to thank him for all his efforts over these years.
The day commenced with a Buffet Lunch served in the Club House attended by 32 Old Salopians. This included our Past President, Tony Duerr (Rt 1951-56) who was in fine form and claimed his best decision as President of the OSGS was to appoint Tim Lewis to the role of Hon Sec back in 1996! Robin Moulsdale (I 1942-46) also made the trip down for lunch and other OSGS Honorary Vice Presidents such as Robert Lanyon (Rt 1950-54) Will Painter (R1967-71) and Anthony Parsons (1959-64) were present.
The OSGS President, Anthony Smith (I 1954-59) made a short speech at lunchtime in which he thanked Tim and his wife, Ann, who was also present. Tim was presented with a copy of the book entitled 'Golf: A Royal & Ancient Game', edited by Robert Clark FRSE FSA Scot - originally published in 1893. This book tells of the history of Golf and is littered with poems, anecdotes and Latin prose – right up Tim’s street! He was thrilled with it.
Ann, known as 'Matron' by many, was presented with a rose in a pot to thank her for all her help in answering the phone and looking after the Hon Sec. She was delighted with this unexpected gift.
After lunch 30 Old Salopians and some of their wives played a Stableford Competition on Huntercombe‘s Golf Course; we were blessed with glorious warm sunshine and the course was in great condition.
Post the Golf there was short Presentation Ceremony, which took place in the Club House, and the following were awarded with prizes by Anthony Smith, OSGS President.
A sleeve of golf balls each was presented as follows:
2nd Prize with 31 Points - Mrs Pauline Smith (Wife of OSGS - President Anthony Smith)
1st Prize with 37 Points - Mrs Jane Hill (Wife of new Hon Sec – Charles Hill)
Nearest the Pin on the 15th Hole - Charles Hill (Sh 1980-84) Hon Sec
Nearest the Pin in Two on the 17th Hole - Michael Brabner (R 1963-67)
Longest Drive on 18th Hole - Michael Brabner
3rd Prize with 36 Points - Bill Russell (M 1950-55)
2nd Prize with 37 Points - Mark Summers (S 1951-56)
1st Prize with 38 Points - John Smith (Sh 1950-54) - John was also presented with the Tony Duerr salver
A Champagne Reception was then held in the Club House for 45 people including Old Salopian Golfers, some of their wives and both the current President of the Old Salopian Club, Nicholas Barber (Sh 1954-58) and the Director, Nick Jenkins.
The dinner was held in the Club Dinning Room. The out-going Hon Sec said grace in his unique style and we were treated to the 'full Latin grace'.
The OSGS President, Anthony Smith, gave a speech thanking Tim Lewis for his hard work as Honorary Secretary between 1996 and 2018. Anthony was very pleased to announce that Tim was being made an Honorary Vice President of the OSGS in recognition of his significant contribution to the Society over the last 22 years.
Along with the book which Tim had been presented with at lunchtime Anthony Smith also presented Tim with a pair of Shrewsbury School cuff links and a framed and certified Official Print of the 2002 Open Championship, the 3rd Green at Muirfield Golf Club by Graeme Baxter – signed by the painter with a certificate of authenticity on the back – number 345 of 850 prints.
It has the following engraving on it:
T. J. Lewis, Honorary Secretary, Old Salopian Golfing Society 1996 – 2018, with grateful thanks - Floreat Salopia!
The OSGS is also going to purchase a new driver golf club for Tim, which will shortly be fitted for him at a Golf Club Fitting day being held at Huntercombe later in the year. The President also proposed the health of both Tim and his wife, Ann, who was present for the dinner. Tim Lewis replied in his own indomitable and witty style thanking everyone for attending and all their good wishes. It was a very funny speech! There was some reminiscing of life at Shrewsbury in the 1950s and the new / more modern approach now being adopted by the incoming Hon Secretary in comparison to Tim.
I am pleased to tell you that Tim and Ann were both thrilled with their presents and humbled by the attendance of so many people to celebrate his retirement. The framed picture of Muirfield is now hanging in pride of place above Tim’s mantelpiece.
Honorary Secretary - Old Salopian Golfing Society