Durham County Veteran Ladies' Golf Association


Hello Ladies and Happy Easter to you,

How quickly life has changed for us all.  Without golf what do we do?  ☹️

As Officials we have been working behind the scenes discussing the possibilities of golf this year and fixtures for the 2021 season.

As for ourselves…….Exercise in any form is so important for both mind and body, we both look forward to our daily walks with varying routes each day, Jennifer and Keith exploring around their neighbourhood.      Lesley’s speed of walk depending on which era of music is playing on her iphone, 60’s/70’s/80’s or Bocelli, very eclectic taste.  Some non golfers would say playing golf spoils a good walk, how wrong they are.

Somehow a game of golf was always far more attractive than gardening, household chores……some of us are now unleashing hidden talents, interior designing, gardening, sewing, cookery, learning a foreign language, learning sign language, the list is endless. Enjoy.

Zoom and Happy House have opened up a new world for both of us, being able to keep in touch with friends and family is so important, especially Grandchildren.  Jennifer is trying out Zoom for the first time this week, fingers crossed she will manage to get it to work!

It is lovely to sit in our gardens, watching the birds and butterflies, a coffee or better still a glass of wine in hand and realise how lucky we are.

We are in challenging times and whilst our families are uppermost in our minds, golf has brought us together and gives us great pleasure and life-long friendships.  Whenever we are able to grace the fairways again, don’t worry whether you can hit the ball well……enjoy being with friends and live life to the full.

Keep smiling, keep positive, keep safe.

Lesley and Jennifer    Easter


 Hello ladies and a Happy New Year to everyone.

I hope you all enjoyed the festive season but now the Christmas tree is down and the baubles are safely put away until next December, it’s time to get the diary out and plan our golf days for 2020.      I know some of you won’t be getting your clubs out or even thinking about going to the course until it’s warmer, but a catch up over a cup of coffee with golfing pals to plan your golf days seems to shorten the winter months.

Posters for our events will be in your clubs at the end of January but we are also organising a couple of training days which may be of interest.  The skills training day for handicaps of 11 and under which had to be cancelled due to bad weather is to be rearranged in March, date to be confirmed. Back due to popular demand are 2 coaching days at Cocken Lodge, Friday 27 March and Monday 30 March.  Cost of these days is £20.00 excluding lunch and everyone is welcome.  Please see website for further details.  Our annual  match against the County Seniors Men’s team is to be played on Saturday 25 April at South Shields G.C. If you would like to come along and support our team we will be pleased to see you.

The first competition is the ever popular the American Texas Scramble at Whitburn G.C. on Monday 27 April.  Please enter the Silver Spring meeting on Monday 4 May at Brancepeth Castle G.C. and come along to see the semi and finals of the Championship. played on Thursday 7 May.  The Spring Meeting for Bronze players is at Darlington G.C. on Friday 19 June, 12 players are chosen from the top 20 qualifiers to represent Durham to play against Cumbria and Northumberland.  There’s a lovely atmosphere and all the players thoroughly enjoy the 4 ball  matches.

If you’d like to watch some good match play golf why not come and support our Richardson Trophy team?  The girls play against Yorkshire on Thursday 8 July and Cumbria on Thursday 23 July at Brancepeth Castle G.C. Would you like to be a trolley puller for Durham or our opponents? It’s a great day out and there’s a meal with the teams afterwards as a thank you for your efforts.  Please email me if you’re interested. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

That’s all from me for now apart from saying I’d like to wish you all good health and good golf in 2020. Keep checking our website for more news and I’ll look forward to seeing you all at our events during the coming season.

Captain Jennifer


 Hello this is your new Captain Jennifer with my first blog. 

 It’s been a busy week! Last Monday our AGM was held at Brancepeth Castle G C and it was nice to see how many ladies attended . Thank you for all your kind wishes for the coming year. This Monday my first event was held at Beamish Park G C. I decided to bring forward our annual “Christmas Waltz” from December as it can be very cold and frosty and usually we only play 9 or 12 holes. With this in mind I decided October would be a good choice, to hold an “End of Season” event with a Halloween theme. But I didn’t dress up as a witch with a broomstick!

 Invited to play are Past Presidents, Past Captains, Silver and Bronze Team players.  We were extremely lucky with the weather, although it was very cold the sun shone for most of the day and we did play 18 holes, with the players saying how much they had enjoyed the course. A scheduled stop before playing the 13th hole for a “sloe gin” and our President Lesley Still providing us with a selection of Halloween treats was enjoyed by everyone. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Beamish for their hospitality and congratulate them on the presentation of the course following the constant rain over the last few days. Also to Neil and his team who provided us with a warming bowl of soup and sandwiches, just what we needed.  Also to our Past Presidents Ruth Emeleus, Dorothy Harrison and Betty Staincliffe along with Durham County Vice Captain Chris Pascall who came and supported us. It was lovely to see you all.

The winners with a score of 69 points were 
Chris Pullan, Aileen Carter and Helen Morgan. 

2nd place winning on the back 9, with a score of 67 points were 
Cathy Bowerbank, Julia Elliott and Joan Sanderson.

 3rd place Anne Wraith, Heather Morgan and Di Spence.

 Thanks to Claire Miller my Vice Captain and everyone who helped on the day.Our next event is the Coffee Morning at Brancepeth Castle G C on Friday 22nd November, please come along and bring a friend.  That’s all for now. I’ll look forward to seeing you all again soon. 


Jennifer Dixon
Captain DCVLGA


Christmas Coffee Morning – What a result!  £903.27

I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who gave donations and helped make our Coffee Morning a tremendous success. To Brancepeth Castle G C for the use of the Clubhouse, to the ladies' committee and all the ladies who baked, ran the cake stall, tombola or organised the tea and coffee for us to enjoy. To Claire my Vice Captain, who organised a fabulous hamper from donations given by players of our Richardson Trophy team.  To my committee for all their help on the day. It was lovely to see so many ladies with their friends and I hope you enjoyed the day as much as I did. 

Although it may seem a little early, we are already planning our next coaching sessions so please keep checking our website for information.

Please accept my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year. I’ll look forward to seeing you all at our events in 2020.

Captain Jennifer 

Jen Les Claire JPGCaptain Jennifer, President Lesley and Vice Captain Claire