Wet day at Forest Hills

The latest trip for the ‘Birdie Boys’ saw them gracing the fairways of the Forest Hills Golf Course in Coleford, Forest of Dean.



  1. Keith Swain
  2. Jason Dawe

Team – Keith, Jason and Dave Scott

Nearest the Pin – Alyn Dawe

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Birdie Boys Tee Off at St Pierre

Côr Meibion Caldicot Birdie Boys 


Sunday 5th August 2012 St Pierre – Mathern Course

19 players – first tee off at 11.20 am

It rained continually for almost two hours before the sun came out to dry us all off on the back nine holes. Although some of the regular Birdie Boys were unable to make the game, it was great to welcome three new playing Choristers, namely, Paul Thomas, Dave Hennesey and Mike Probert Jason Dawes’ son Christopher also joined us. Many thanks to all those who attended and especially to Leon, who negotiated a great deal with St Pierre for our golf and meal.


1st     –        Tom Hole            –        34 points

2nd    –        Alyn Dawe          –        28 points

3rd     –        Mike Probert      –        27 points

Nearest the pin – Alyn Dawe


Report by Dai Gould

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Birdie Boys 2012 Tour


On Sunday 20th of April, 15 Choristers and 5 Vice President/Friends took the M5 south to Okehampton for our annual trip to the Ashbury Golf Hotel. The Ashbury along with its sister Hotel ‘The Manor House’ form a huge craft and sporting complex. There are 7 golf courses within its 600acres and many other facilities including 15 snooker tables, swimming pools with Jacuzzi’s and sauna’s, outdoor and indoor bowls, tennis courts, archery and laser shooting, gymnasiums, arts and crafts and much more.


Our trip was mainly to play golf and to that end we had games booked for every day, Sunday to Thursday, each on a different course. We arrived at 12.30pm just in time for lunch and then on to the front 9 holes on the Oakwood course. This is a lovely ,mainly flat course but with many strategically placed hazards such as ponds and bunkers to catch one out. Although we had a nasty shower halfway through, everyone enjoyed the two and a half hours we were out. Winner for the day was Richie Llewellyn closely followed by Jason Dawe and Ron Powell.

On Monday it poured down all morning. We were all looking forward to playing the long, difficult and spectacular Kigbear Course. Our starting tee time was just after midday and although it was still raining everyone drove off, cocooned in layers of ‘wet gear’. Unfortunately after two hours we had to abandon the game due to waterlogged greens and also very waterlogged golfers;  no winners nor losers. Fortunately lunch is served until 4pm so we all had a good feed instead. After dinner in the evening we had one of those ‘magic moment’ sing songs which included a lot of friendly banter with a group down from Liverpool.

Tuesday was the Pairs day. The previous night we drew names out, trying always to match a high handicapper with a low handicapper, thus giving everyone a chance of getting in the frame. This game took place on the Pines Course. The winning pair was Tom Hole / Terry Thorne, second Tony Shepherd / Dave Gould and joint third Steve Davies / Keith Swaine and Ron Powell / Stuart Savage. The evening saw us have another singing session in the bar and a group photograph courtesy of the Ashbury.

The next day, Wednesday, on the Forest Course, we played in teams of four, each team again being drawn out the night before using the same format. It rained, oh boy did it rain. Once again we were unable to complete the match although because every team managed to get as far as, and complete, the seventh hole we were able to have a winning team who were Steve Davies/Mark Stocker/Alyn Dawe/Tom Hole. In the evening after dinner we had the presentations. The overall winner with the highest combined total points for the week was Keith Swaine who received a Trophy and The John Wyson Cup which was donated by John. Second was Karl Gregory, third was Terry Thorne and fourth Richie Llewellyn. The Nearest the Pin Trophy, played on the seventh hole of the Forest, was won by Karl Gregory. There was also a ‘Buiri trophy for the golfer who achieved the lowest score. The evening concluded with the traditional Reading of the Fines Book. This is a compendium of misdemeanors and sayings gleaned throughout the week and compiled by Alyn Dawe and his ‘sneaks and deckers’. Examples:- Phil to Dave “What course are we playing tomorrow” – Dave ” The Forest” – Phil ” Is that the one with all the trees” \… and at dinner Dave to Alyn” You can buy those reading glasses in the Pound Shop” Alyn – ” How much are they?” Dave -“A pound”! How easy it is to fall into the trap!

Thursday we had breakfast early and played the back nine holes of the Oakwood, finishing just as the rain was starting again. Winner was Terry Thorne, followed by Karl Gregory and Tom Hole. We all left about 11.30am.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves despite having rain almost every day. The Ashbury looked after us in their usual way. We had a superb deal which included breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free wine with dinner on Sunday and Tuesday, free golf with free buggies every day along with free use of all the sports facilities. I must thank everyone who came, there was lots and lots of fun and laughter but nobody forgot we were representing the Choir. Oh dear – I’ve had orders to organize another trip next year again – Oh deary, deary me
Dave Gould

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Spring Golf at Wernddu


Birdie Boys at Wernddu

On a beautiful Spring day at Wernddu Golf Club, eighteen of the choir’s finest scaled the steep fairways of this upland course, in the shadow of the towering Skirrid mountain.


Thanks to our trusty bus driver Dai ‘Reg Varney’ Kirton, we were delivered to the course in good time, in fact time for a pint before battle commenced.


Our Society Manager, Dai ‘The Guv’nor’ Gould had arranged (he said drew) the golf teams, and six three-balls ventured out on the course.


After 18 gruelling holes, it was a return to the patio for a sit down and a refreshing pint before dinner was served, (ok, bacon baps and chips, and more beer).


The after-match presentation by Dai saw him hand-out useful golf trinkets like balls, tees, gloves etc. to the winners on the day.


The best team was made-up of Tommy Hole, John Wyson and Karl Gregory while the individual winner was Tony Griffiths with 35 points, just two ahead of Keith Swain and Ron Powell on 33 points. Ron also won the nearest the pin on the 14th hole despite having to take a pit-stop on the course. The scratchcard sweep for £15 was won by Richie Llewellyn.


Many thanks to Dai Gould for organising another great day, and any other choristers who would like to attend, we have equipment you can borrow.


Photo on Leon’s phone taken by some random chap who was shouted at by Leon without a please or thank you!



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Christmas Golf at Dewstow

On a cold but sunny day, nine choristers and two guests walked off their Christmas turkey with nine holes on the Valley course at Dewstow.

Unfortunately, the choir golf organiser Dave Gould had to cry off ill, so it was left for Tommy Hole to run the day.

The day was won by Tommy with 14 points, with Graham ‘Spike’ Hughes second on 13 points beating Tony Griffiths also on 13 points on countback.

Also appearing were; Richie Llewellyn, Jason Dawe, Karl Gregory, John Wyson, Ron Powell, John Nicholson and two guests, Mike Griffiths and Dale Harris.

An excellent day was had by all and I am sure that Dave will be organising more events in the near future.

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Choir Golf Tour

Birdie Boys in pink !

From ‘The Libretto’ – April 2011

The Annual golf tour to Ashbury in Devon was a great success all due to Dave Gould. 20 of us set out on a Sunday morning in glorious sunshine and headed off across the bridge. the overall winner was Leon Jones and the choir. We gave a few sing songs in the evening and from this we may have one new member and a concert in Hereford. Leon was giving out choir info left, right and centre.

Alyn Dawe had a fine’s book which everyone seemed to go into. The funniest fine was for Rolly Bennett. His fine was “He needed to slow down his swing and speed up his walk”.

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Choir Golfers 2010

From ‘The Libretto’ – May 2010

Nine Choristers and two friends made the trip down to Okehampton on the 22nd of March for a four day golfing break. We stayed at the Ashbury Golf Hotel, set in 600 acres of rolling Devon countryside. The hotel boasts 7 eighteen hole course options within its grounds., The Kigbear course, the Oakwood, the Beeches, the Pines, the Forest, the Ashbury and the Willows. In addition there is a driving range and a nine hole putting green. As well as the golf, the hotel has a huge sporting complex with facilities for swinning pool, sauna, indoor bowls, racket sports, gymnasium, archery and pistol shooting, ten pin bowling, darts, snooker (13 full size tables), plus many other amenities.

We arrived on the Monday in time for lunch and followed this by playing the first 9 holes on the Kigbear course. The winner was yours truly with Tom Hole, Tony Shepherd and Leon Jones close behind. After dinner we spent the rest of the evening playing snooker, along with plenty of the local brew.

After an early breakfast on Tuesday we played the Forest course but had to give up after 14 holes as the rain that had been falling for most of the morning became a deluge, accompanied by high winds. First prize went to Tony Shepherd then Tom Hole, Leon Jones and Dave Scott. After drying out and having lunch most of us had a little rest, then dinner and a darts match with plenty of  ‘sherberts’. It was unfortunate that Dave Scott had to return home this evening due to wife Helen being taken ill. We wish her well and a speedy recovery.

On Wednesday our tee-off time was not until 1.45pm so most went ten pin bowling before an early lunch. Roly Bennett appeared to be the ‘Bandit’ on the rink slinging them down as if they were tennis balls! Our golf was on the Oakwood course and we split up into 3 teams and played a ‘Texas Scramble’ competition which everyone thought was great fun. Winning team was – Leon Jones, Richard Llewellyn and John Huntley. As this was the last evening we had dinner, a good drink and a laugh before retiring a little worse for wear.

Thursday was our last day and we started with an early tee-off at 8.55 for the back 9 on the Kigbear course. I was the very lucky winner closely followed by John Huntley and joint third Leon Jones, Tom Hole and Phil Cody.

We had prizes for every game throughout the week and following our last game we had a tot up of all the points scored during the week to determine the overall Champion. Leon had made a superb trophy and on count up it was duly presented to Tony Shepherd with a score of 57 points closely followed by Tom on 53 points. A few who had not been fortunate in winning a prize took part in a lucky dip so nobody went home empty handed. The food, drink, facilities and the organisation at the hotel was excellent and this was borne out by the fact there were at least 250 people staying there. I think we all felt our trip had been a great success and definitely intend doing it again next year.

Dave Gould


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Golf Trip

From ‘The Libretto’ – April 2010

A brilliant four days of golfing was enjoyed by all that went. A big thank you to Dave Gould for organising the event. T. Shepherd won the overall tournament.

Dave Scott had to leave early due to Ellen being taken into hospital. On behalf of everyone in the choir and all those that know Ellen we wish her a speedy and full recovery.

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