DG Club President

Mr Andy Storer

Presidents Letter and AGM minutes 2020

Dear All
I hope I find you all in good health and hopefully not killing each other during these crazy times. We have spent many weeks sloshing around in the wet and muddy conditions, and now the sun comes out and we must stay at home. All the planning which goes on behind the scenes has just been thrown up in the air, many competitions and events have already been cancelled, and I am sure there will be more in the weeks to come.

Spare a thought for two of our members, Steve and Ali Lillywhite our incoming 2020 Captains, the planning that they have done for their year has been phenomenal, how much they will put into place nobody knows. Saturday 4th April should have been Drive-in Day. I spoke with Steve earlier in the week and they are planning to have a little drive-in at home, so we may see some pictures. I hope they don’t actually drive in, Steve could hit the TV in the lounge from the garden, if he has another shank.

The silver lining of our situation will undoubtedly be our awesome golf course, while we are all doing the things we have been putting off doing for so long, Dave, Tom and the greenkeeping team have been working hard bringing the course back to the standard we all know and love at DG. How good will it be when we get back?

We tried to keep the club ticking over in the run up to lockdown, many of us played in the spring scramble, which was a great success. Also, an intrepid handful attended the Clubs AGM, because of the understandable amount of apologies received, it was decided we would issue a draft copy of the minutes to the membership, and ask for any questions you may have for the committee. These questions will be dealt with when we next convene as a committee, we will then publish a Q&A document on the web site.

Please respond with your questions by Sunday 19th April, to; -

committee@donnington-grove.com

Please use subject “AGM Question”

My I remind you questions may only be asked regarding Donnington Grove Golf Club. Questions directly related to Sandtrend Ltd will not be dealt with.

We have never given the members this opportunity before, we are in strange times, and, we feel we need to embrace these times and keep moving forward as a Golf Club. We hope you will all support this unique opportunity to ask that question you have always wanted to ask but didn’t want to put your hand up. This just maybe the kick we needed to get that ball rolling forward.

Stay Safe, and care for those you love.

See you all soon

Please welcome DG Captains for 2020 / 21

Steve Lillywhite Club Captain

Alison Lillywhite Ladies Captain

A Note from your 2020 Club Captains Steve & Ali

What an honour and a privilege it is for us to have been asked to be Club Captain and Ladies Captain and a first for Donnington Grove to have a Mr & Mrs at the helm. We are very lucky to be able to represent such a wonderful club and we thank Rob & Anne-Marie for asking us.


With Ian carrying on in the role of Senior’s Captain, we will be supporting Newbury Cancer Care again as our charity. Last year the charity benefited from the amazing sum of over £9500, courtesy of the generosity of Donnington Grove members. It seems that as members you are very keen to support not only a worthwhile charity, but one that benefits us as a local community.


With all the best laid plans for the start of our year, because of the coronavirus we have had to delay all events until it is safe to once again socialise. We plan to run all the board comps when circumstances allow and also as many of the fun events (such as St Georges Day, VE Day) as we can. We will be running the champagne roll up this year, with a little help from our friends, and hope to get it underway as soon as we can safely do so. We have planned for several social events this year, the first being a Band & BBQ, featuring The Consuls, at the club on Friday 29th May; we are hoping that this will still go ahead but we will update you all in due course.


After a very wet winter when many didn’t want to venture out on the course, the weather is now improving and we aren’t allowed to play. Dave and his team, however, are still busy working to get the course ready for us all to enjoy and we thank them for all their hard work in these uncertain times. Thanks also go to Tom and the Pro-Shop team for everything they do to support us and the members.


We couldn’t let our Drive In day pass without celebrating in some way, and since it has turned out to be a beautiful day, we popped the cork on a bottle of fizz and had a mini drive, chip and putt competition in the back garden. Obviously, we couldn’t hit the driver as the neighbours would be less than impressed by broken windows, but we did have a chipping comp into a bucket and dusted off the putting mat too. After some fun today we still plan to hold our official Drive In on one of the Weekend Medal dates once the course has re-opened.


We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you all for your support and we hope to see you all on the course as soon as we can.

Stay well, Stay safe, Stay home

Ali & Steve
Club Captains

Ian Gaskell (Seniors Captain)

Ian is 68 years young and an ex civil servant of 19 years involved mainly in IT in the criminal justice area and then a self-employed business consultant and project manager. He took up golf in the mid-nineties once his dodgy knees stopped him playing cricket and has managed to achieve a consistently indifferent standard ever since. He joined Donnington Grove in 2009 and has since thoroughly enjoyed, the camaraderie and competitive enthusiasm of the members, particularly other seniors. His main objective in his second year as Seniors Captain is to promote a successful combination of competitive and social golf and involve as many mid-week seniors as possible.

Club Committee 2020/21

Club President Andy Storer
Club Captain Steve Lillywhite
Ladies Captain Alison Lillywhite
Seniors’ Captain Ian Gaskell

Other committee members:

Club Vice-Captain TBA
Ladies Vice Captain TBA
Competition and Handicap secretary Sandy Byfield
Club Treasurer Gill Lane
Members rep Gary Rinaldi.
Members rep TBA

Also attending meetings, representing owners Sandtrend, General Manager Nigel Green, Dave Knight Head Greenkeeper and Head Professional and Golf Manager Tom Fleming as well as a member of the restaurant staff.
The committee oversees all aspects of member’s golf at Donnington Grove and is there to represent member’s best interests in the on-going relationship with the course owners.

Monthly meetings are chaired by the Club Captain with each committee member having a vote. The exceptions are the management reps and the non-voting President, who is there to ensure continuity and provide strategic guidance to the committee. The minutes of the monthly meetings are available online to view under Committee Minutes.

The agenda of the Club A.G.M. (held once a year)
is also available, along with the minutes of the previous A.G.M., on the club website below. Members will naturally be interested in what’s happening out on the course and any changes that are being planned by the owners. News items provide useful updates, but the regular email Newsletters updates provided by Tom Fleming, and the management report and course report contained in the Committee minutes, provides a wider and more detailed perspective. Please have a look.

The committee is fully accountable to you, the members, but it is also responsible for maintaining the discipline, plus the standards and etiquette of the club, therefore we ask members to have a look at the information found here on the website, especially on, the Donnington Grove Code of Conduct and club constitution, and to abide by these at all time.

If you have any ideas or issues that you would like to put forward to the committee then please contact any committee member direct as listed above or email via the Club Captain and the Club President on committee@donnington-grove.com

If you would like to become involved in the running of the Committee, please contact Andy by e-mail committee@donnington-grove.com or speak to him around the club.

As members of this club we are very fortunate as we have a superb club committee. As your club captains and club president we are dedicated to serving the best interests of all members and united in our passion and determination to make this year the best ever at Donnington Grove. With a little help from you, our members, we’ll make it happen!

DG Charity for 2020-2021 is "Newbury Cancer Care"

A local charity for local people in West Berkshire

We are an independent charity, founded in 1984 to help local people who have been diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. We offer practical help and information to patients and their families living in West Berkshire, and are the parent charity for the Rainbow Rooms and the Rosemary Centre at the West Berkshire Community Hospital.

We work closely with Clinical Nurse Specialists, medical professionals and the Day Hospice to help improve the support offered from the point of diagnosis, for as long as we are needed.


Newbury Cancer Care
The Rosemary Centre, West Berkshire Community Hospital
Benham Hill, RG18 3AS
Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Registered Charity No. 1157796
• Email: office@newburycancercare.org.uk
• Tel: 01635 31542

DG Committee Minutes

Minutes of the 2018 AGM
Committee Minutes January 2019
Committee Minutes February 2019
Committee Minutes March 2019
Committee Minutes April 2019
Committee Minutes May 2019
Committee Minutes June 2019
Committee Minutes July 2019
Committee Minutes August 2019
Committee Minutes September 2019
Committee Minutes October 2019
Committee Minutes November 2019
Committee Minutes December 2019
Committee Minutes January 2020
Committee Minutes February 2020
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