Captain’s Message

2019 – John Meachem

It was with great pride that I accepted the role as Captain of Birstall Golf Club, following in the footsteps of many other past Captains who have dedicated much time and effort in the role over the years. I only hope that I can live up to expectations and the standards set, in particular, by last year’s Captain, Mick Newton.

Golf is an important part of my life, not only the challenge of the game but also socialising with many like minded Members and Visitors to our great Club.

Our Club, likes many other Clubs throughout the land, face very challenging times.  As an officer of the Club, a playing or house member, we all have a responsibility to ensure that the legacy of our beautiful course and Club, are around for another 100 plus years for future generations to enjoy.

This year, the mens section of the club is joining with the ladies section to raise funds jointly for Blessma, the only National Armed Forces Charity dedicated to helping limbless veterans, current Service and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs. The charities aim is to help them rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support.

May I take this opportunity to wish our Lady Captain, Dawn Ruparelia. Every success in her year as Lady Captain.  Along with our County title winning First Team, right through to our active Help for Hero’s, Seniors, Mixed and Combined Teams, I wish you all a successful season, but most importantly, an enjoyable season with playing partners and teams.

John Meachem (Men’s Captain)

2019 – Dawn Ruparelia

Being Captain is an honour, a privilege and a responsibility as we enter our 118th year at Birstall. Our ladies’ section is a skilled and dedicated group. When something needs doing there’s always someone at hand to help and I can honestly say it’s a real pleasure to work with our ladies.

My aim for the coming year is to set up a golf programme to encourage more ladies to try out golf. As a sport, hobby and social commitment. We are now running a 6 week programme on Monday evenings with the next set of sessions starting at the end of June. So, ladies if you are interested in a well organised and successful programme, Birstall is the place to be.

With a busy year of golf ahead, we traditionally play most of our competitions on Tuesdays and Saturdays, over both 9 and 18 holes. Combining these with our scratch, handicap, friendlies, leagues and county games, we have an action-packed golf schedule ahead of us!

Some diary dates for the year:

My Ladies Charity Prize Day – 9 April,

Charity Trophy Day – 11th June,

Lady Captains Day – 9th July,

Captain’s Exchange Day – 31st July at Beedles lake,

Lady Captain Away Day – 5th September at Oakmere Park,

Lady Captains Away Weekend – 15th Aug at Forest Pines, 

Ladies Summer Open -3rd July,

Mixed Summer Open -7th July,

Ladies Autumn Open -25th September. 

On the social side, we have cabaret nights, race nights, barbecues and many other interesting social get-togethers.

My national charity this year is Blesma and Help for Heroes, with my local charity being Heart Link. I have several different events planned over the year to help raise funds for both these charities. Some of these being; Ladies Charity Prize Day, Ladies Bridge Luncheons, Charity Trophy Day, Coffee mornings, a Christmas fare and many more.

Finally, I would like to wish all our members a great golfing year and best wishes to all the teams in the forthcoming inter club matches and county games. 

Happy Golfing!


Dawn Ruparelia (Lady Captain)