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This years raffle raised a total of 161.00. Many thanks to Keith Woodhams from Mersyside for donating the Royal Liverpool prize.


Some of you may be aware that a new award, the Jacare Trophy was donated to the NFBGS in 2012.

Should you be curious Jacare is a Portuguese word meaning Alligator & is pronounced Jack-r-a. The word is of no particular significance other than to the donor. This latest award will be given annually to a society member, who, in the committee’s judgement, has made a significant contribution to the evolution of the society. Subsequent to a truly thoughtful suggestion from Lee Burns GMC. The 2012 recipient became the extremely popular Peter Halleron. tragically, this had to be awarded posthumously following Peters totally unforeseen passing in September. It is a fact that Peter worked tirelessly for the Society, initially as a committee member & later he became our Chairman. Without doubt, he was truly a fine player & a sheer joy to compete against. Those of you who were fortunate enough to play in his company will testify that he was a perfect gentleman. His name on the trophy will act as a lasting testimony to a thoroughly nice guy. Our thoughts went out to his wife Carol & the family at their truly sad loss. On Presidents day, in the October a silent tribute was observed before the day’s proceedings began. This year the trophy has been awarded to Tony Brown, our industrious Secretary, who has filled that role for a good many years. Tony not only co-ordinates the efforts of the eight service representatives, but also has to work at a frantic pace on Presidents day marshalling all the trophies, prizes etc. ready for the presentation. Very much appreciated by the present President. Tony has played golf throughout Britain for many years with some success, a highlight coming in 1975 when he won the Fire Service Individual at Hawkstone Park GC in Shropshire, over 72 holes And guess who he deposed as Champion. In addition Tony has represented in the Four Nations & England v Scotland matches. In the twilight years, The Retired Firefighter competition is one of his favourites.

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Thanks for reading

yours Alan Mellon