After the “Frost-Out” last year the organisers decided that a change of weather and format were in order for the Farmers\' Annual Christmas Bash on 20th December. Never to be outdone the Walker / Symons team came up with the novel idea of a swimming gala and lo and behold the weather gods duly obliged. It came bucketing down and as a result it was reduced to a 12 hole swimathon and the early starters, who had the worst of it, enjoyed more than 10 mm of rain whilst out on the course.
By the time everyone got to the meal they had all recovered and the only recriminations were to the team who cleverly managed to change from being first out to last – no names no pack drill but do the initials N.W. mean anything to you? The esteemed Leader John Walker welcome all especially the medical table filled with those who have recently had operations of one sort or another Mike Humphries, Pete Smith, Rex Molloy and Malcolm Dingle and he then gave his usual humourous statistic filled speech declaring that it was the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Farmers by Harvey Knight and as a result of the weather dreadful weather this last year eight Thursdays were lost and in a stretch in June and July only one week saw play out of a possible five.
John Walker with individual winner Mark Arrowsmith complete with colourfuly tie
The format of the golf on the day is both an individual and team Stableford for the best four scores for the Cole Rayment & White Cup, the winners of which with an excellent score of 79 points were the team of David Elliott, Matt Smith, Jim Crouch and Paddy Graham. The individual was won with 25 points by Mark Arrowsmith from four players all on 23 points and as a result of the countback were in the order of Malcolm Cole, Matt Smith, Nigel Buse and David Elliott.
A good bash to celebrate the wonderful institution of the Farmers\' which would not be the success it is without the organising team of the Headmaster John Walker who with Eric Symons keep the naughty schoolboys in some semblance of order.