Month: June 2017

First captain’s charity day on new course

The captain’s charity golf day at Parley Golf Centre raised more than £500 for Macmillan Caring Locally.

It’s the first time this event has been held on the new course at the centre opposite Bournemouth Airport.

Teams of three played a ‘Texas Scamble’ tournament which was won by Stuart Freeman, Steven Marshall and Rosalie Freeman.

Club captain Tony Pomeroy presented them with their winners’ medals.

There was also a ‘crazy putting’ competition held on the recently-opened practice and short-game area.

Daryl Dampney, who manages the centre, said: “The new course is bedding down nicely and everyone enjoyed the round.

“It was good fun but more importantly we well exceeded our £500 target for Macmillan Caring Locally.

“Since we have opened the new course and practice facilities we have seen a surge of people turning up for a round as well as an increase in membership.”

Macmillan Caring Locally, based in Christchurch, is a charity that specialises end of life care and gives support to families, carers and friends.

Parley driving people into work

Having assisted many rough sleepers last winter with its ‘sleepsafe’ initiative, Faithworks Wessex is now supporting them into the world of work.

The organisation’s ‘2nd Half’ project helps clients gain experience and references so it’s easier for them to find employment.

Parley Golf Centre was keen to assist and offered practical work for the volunteers who began by painting part of the extensive driving range.

Such was the success that club manager Daryl Dampney has invited them back to do some more.

Alan Purchase from Faithworks Wessex organised the working opportunities, said: “Sleepsafe ran between October and March.

“Nine churches in Bournemouth provided emergency beds for up to 12 people a night.

“We helped 47 people into permanent accommodation over the winter and now we want to help them find work.

“Jobs like painting, gardening and working in a kitchen or café means they gain experience, but also get references.

“Employers want CVs that show experience, and also references – and this is what we can help provide.

“Without places such as Parley Golf Centre offering the work, we would not be able to help these people into employment.”

Daryl, manager of the centre which has had a £250,000 make-over including a new course, said: “All I did was provide the materials and they came and did a great job.

“Part of our driving range needed brightening up and it certainly looks better. Hopefully they can come back and do some more work.

“Ideally, of course, these volunteers will find permanent work – I’d be happy to recommend them”

 

 

 

Pic caption: Daryl Dampney (right) with the 2nd Half Team at Parley Golf Centre

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