On Thursday 2nd April the first meeting of the Midland Gingerbread Group took place at Enville Golf Club Staffordshire.
The day was a real success with great enthusiasm being generated amongst the group to push forward with the traditional, more sustainable methods and practices associated with the gingerbread group.
The day involved a number of short presentations in the clubhouse by Jonathan Wood Course Manager at Enville who had organised the day and Stuart Yarwood Course manager at Lymm Golf Club who is the founder member of the original Gingerbread Group. The group was then taken on a course walk to experience the work completed and ongoing at Enville. Andy Cole joined us on the course and gave an informative presentation on the during the course walk.
The following Greenkeepers attended the day
Mike Green-Mosely Golf Club
Jamie Blake-Broadway Golf Club
Kim Blake-Fulford Golf Club
Chris Stilgoe-Great Barr golf Club
Mike-Kings Norton Golf Club
Paul Mills-Penn Golf Club
Rod Hunter-Kidderminster Golf Club
Nick Bennett-Ground Force Leisure
Rob Jones-Enville Golf Club
Steve Golder-Enville Golf Club
Stuart Yarwood-Lymm Golf Club
Brian Taylor-Sandiway Golf Club
Bill Mitchell-Peronporth Golf Club
Colin Webber-Portmore Golf Club.
Managing our golf courses in this way with the aim of encouraging the finer grasses and the longevity they produce through austere greenkeeping
practices which have stood the test of time. The gingerbread group also gives greenkeepers the support network which is so valuable in our profession, experience and a friendly voice on the end of the phone is a great confidence builder and a resource which in the current financial climate can not be under estimated.
The next meeting of the Midland Gingerbread Group is planned for July, if anyone is interested in coming along please contact Jonathan Wood on
Special thanks go to Stuart Yarwood and Brian Taylor from the original gingers, they are great ambassadors for traditional greenkeeping and greenkeeping in general. I would also like to thanks Colin Webber and Bill Mitchel for travelling all the way from Devon and Cornwall to be with us, fantastic! this was very humbling. Special thanks also to Andy Cole regional STRI agronomist who was also there on the day to give his support and knowledge which will be very valuable to the group.
We have a great wealth of experience amongst us and a great support network in our quest for improved conditions for our golf courses.
Enville Golf Club
T: 01384 872325
M: 07977 448149