74th Annual Dinner Savoy at Savoy
Thu 7th December 2006


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74th Annual Dinner at the Savoy London

Tue 7th December saw about 300 members and guest sit down at the Savoy for our Annual Dinner. The President started the proceedings with a very appropriate grace that had been written by one of the guests. The 4 course meal was expertly served and was to the standard we have come to expect from the Savoy.

The Toast to the Society was proposed by Luther Blacklock the Professional at Woburn, who regaled the audience with a number of stories about the President!

Replying to the Toast, Peter Batchelor reported briefly on the years matches and meetings, giving at one point - through gritted teeth - his congratulations to Gordon Hardie, the captain of the SMTGS team, on winning back the Cup at the Match at Woburn. He reported that Brian Lowe was not able to be present at the dinner as Brian has just undergone a heart operation. Peter was very pleased to say the Brian was now home and making a good recovery. The Golfer of the Year trophy which is presented, each year, to a member for outstanding service to the Society in the year, and was presented to Brian Lowe for his service as Dinner Sec. In Brian's absence Peter presented the Trophy to Paul Richmond the MTGS Vice President, who was seeing Brian shortly. The audience gave a standing ovation, in his absence, to Brian. Another break in tradition that the Committee had decided to carry out, was to present the President's Plate at the Dinner and Peter took great pleasure in presenting the Plate to last years President Peter Featherstone for scoring the greatest number of Stableford points from 3 out of the 4 members meetings. Peter thanked the Committee and the Golf Manager Ray Fisher for their support throughout the year and reported that the Society was going from strength to strength. Also mentioned with thanks were the Match Sponsors, British Car Auctions, Jigsaw Finance, HPI, Exxon-Mobil and Assured Valeting who had so kindly supported the Society in 2006. The Secretary's of a number of the Clubs we play were attending the dinner and the president thanked them for looking after us so well.

In closing Peter thanked his wife Sue for all her support and introduced Paul Richmond our Vice President who proposed the toast to the guests and introduced the guest speaker Mr Ian Irving.

Ian who had a very easy style, kept the audience in fits of laughter and was a fitting close to the evening. rjf

Post Script

Members and guests at the Motor Trades Golfing Society (MTGS) dinner at the Savoy on Thursday 7th December were again in a very generous mood. The amount donated to BEN on the evening was a magnificent £3,334.00. When gift aid is included the amount increases to £4,222.72.

BEN would like to thank the President of the MTGS, its members and their guests for their continuing support for our charity that looks after so many people and their immediate families who either work or have worked in the motor and allied industries.

Tony Worthy

Presidents Letter

Dear Members & Guests

It is a great pleasure to welcome you all to this, the 74th Annual Dinner of the Motor Trades Golfing Society-I hope you have a very enjoyable evening.

Having been in the Motor Trade all my working life, I was very honoured to be invited to be President of the MTGS and have enjoyed the year enormously.

I have had great support from Members, Peter Featherstone, last years President, Paul Richmond, our President Elect, the MTGS Committee, Match Secretaries and all the players who have turned out for matches and fought so hard for the results we have achieved-thank you all.

I particularly want to pay tribute to Ray Fisher, the very hard working and efficient Manager of the MTGS, who makes the Society run so well.

I also want to thank Brian Lowe who has organised this dinner for some 10 years with huge efficiency and great calmness.

Thank you to Ray and Brian from us all.

On the golfing front we won most of our matches but I do have to report that we lost to the Scots at my club Woburn. Gordon Hardie the Scots Captain brought a strong team, hell bent, on gaining revenge for their defeat at Turnberry in 2004. Over two days of hard fought matches they gained their revenge and now we look forward to renewing battle in Scotland next year. Well done Gordon, I say through gritted teeth!!

We have four Society Meetings during the year at St Georges Hill, The Berkshire, Woking and Walton Heath. The attendances were excellent and up on the previous year-thank you for your support and my thanks to the Clubs who looked after us so well.

Membership has been increasing steadily and now stands at around 185 with an ambition to reach 200. New members who have joined this year have been active in the Society and it is a pleasure to welcome them to the MTGS

I also want to express my thanks to our sponsors, BCA, Jigsaw Finance. Exxon Mobil, HPI and Assured Valeting. They have been consistent supporters for many years and this year we held a Sponsors Day at St Georges Hill as a way of saying a small "thank you" from the Society.

Lastly, I want to thank my wife Sue for her support and encouragement during the year. As some of you may know I lost my first wife to cancer back in 1999. I was fortunate enough to meet Sue and indeed she has now taken to golf like "a duck to water" getting down to 22 handicap in 3 years and while having to look after me!!

Hope you all enjoy your evening at the Savoy

Peter Batchelor

President 2006

Motor Trades Golfing Society

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