Renewal night 2015

The renewal night is Tuesday 17th February 2015, the renewal form (will be sent via works too to members who have renewed welfare) and a the welfare form for those who might not have renewed welfare yet can be downloaded by clicking the links. The renewal form shows last year’s membership rates but these might be subject to change at the Welfare Committee meeting on 26th January 2015.

Quite a few handicaps have lapsed and will need to be renewed if members want to play in the knock out competitions. 3 qualifying cards will be required to renew handicaps and there are enough qualifying matches before the first round of knock outs have to be completed. Bill Cullen will post the names of those with lapsed handicaps in the starter hut.

I am pleased to announce that we have managed to secure 2 additional inter-club matches with Avro, home and away, and these matches will be mixed matches (8 mixed pairs), greensome format.

AGM minutes will be posted on the website for members to view the discussions that took place about proposed course improvements and extension. We will be moving forward with the improvements throughout the coming year. Work will commence on the course extension  feasibility study and a sub-committee has been established to lead on this work.

The course remains in good condition, if a little wet in places, and the coming year promises to see it flourish.

I would like to ask members to bring family and friends along to play this season with the hope that we can attract new members, we have been set a target at the AGM to increase the membership this year to at least 200. We need an additional 30 to 40 members to show the Welfare Committee we are  committed to the development of the course.

I look forward to seeing members, new and old, at the renewal evening.

Thank you.

Andy Sleight

Download your golf membership renewal form

Download your works welfare renewal form

Presidents address 2014

I am delighted to be President of the Hope Golf Club for 2014.  I see the Golf Club and the Earles Social Club as a vital part of the contribution Hope Cement makes to the community in this area.  This year Hope Cement celebrates its 85th birthday and we are proud to continue to develop the Golf and Social Clubs.

In my role as Industrial Director and Manager for the cement works, my involvement with this thriving Golf Club continues the tradition started by Sir George Earle back in the 1930s.  Following in his footsteps, Hope Cement continues to promote and maintain opportunities for employees, families and friends to have a good social life – essential to everyone’s well-being.

This community spirit spread to other Hope Cement colleagues across the UK last summer when we hosted our first company social event (since our launch in January 2013) here at the Golf Club.  The Golf event was a big success and we plan to repeat it each year, this year’s competition is booked for the end of June.  Whilst my golf skills are not up to much, I will be taking part and enjoying seeing colleagues from other areas making the most of our course.  As the former Club President Bernard Eyre, commented, they, like other visitors will be impressed and surprised to see a busy Golf Club in operation right next to Britain’s largest cement manufacturing operation!

Currently we have 167 members but we are promoting the Club and hoping to increase this number this year.  We are launching a ladies’ section and already have people interested; and we have 20 junior members (under 16 or in full-time education).

This year we have lots of improvements in the pipeline including redesigning and relaying the 5th tee and upgrades to the 1st hole and 2nd tee, 7th and 16th tees.

Good luck to all our members for a successful year of Golf and I look forward to welcoming new members of all ages to our Club.  The company will continue to play an active part in the maintenance and development of the Hope Golf Club and I encourage everyone in the community to make the most of this fantastic resource right on your doorstep.

Ashley Bryan

Dinner Dance and Awards Evening 2013

The Annual Diner Dance & Awards Evening will take place on Saturday 30th November 2013 at the club. The meal is 5 courses and the main course is pork that will be served and  carved at the table by those at the table. Black tie event, minimum collar and tie please.2013

The evening is 7:00pm for 7:30pm prompt start, everybody must be seated so that we can get started in plenty of time to get everything in. The trophies will be presented when the coffee is served, this will be followed by Kimmo a comedian and ventriloquist guaranteed to make you laugh so hard your sides will hurt.

Lee Bradbury will conclude the evening with a disco.

Please drop me a line/txt to book places. All are welcome but I would welcome plenty of notice so we know how many we are catering for. Also, if you know who is sitting at your table could you let me know that too so I can do the seating plan.

Thank you.

golf dinner poster



Secretary’s Day – Saturday 31st August 2013

I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who played through the course of the day, we saw some wonderful golf and some very high scores. It was the first event I have organised and I have to say it was a bit daunting but everybody who played and those who didn’t but came to the meal in the evening made the day worthwhile.

2 cards of 45 were testament to the quality of the golf. Harold Cushway and his partner P Johnson won on the back 9 count back, James Bradshaw and Gary England were 2nd and Granville Woodhouse and his partner John Bennett came 3rd with a very respectable 43.

Well done Elaine Sleight and Linda Styles who won the ladies competition. This was a very close result with Heidi Spencer and Cheryl Megson finishing 2nd. Well done ladies the day was all the better for your presence!

Jamie Dixon had quite a day of it with Andy Edge’s continual encouragement and Ken Slack’s advice about training for driving the club buggy would have stood the Secretary in good stead who managed to get it stuck on a narrow bridge.

I thought the meal was great and the cost was kept down because of Elaine, Sabina and Victoria, the lovely women in my life. Thank you too to Sean Ryan, Vice Captain, for the work he did to putting the boards out for the spot prizes and for opening the speeches at the evening meal.

Thank you everybody.


Ladies Section

We are trying to increase the size of our ladies section this year. In an attempt to encourage more ladies to join our club we teamed up with Derbyshire Golf and Women and Girls into Golf initiative. A series of six one-hour taster sessions were funded by Derbyshire Golf and Robbie Bennett worked with a group of ladies, introducing them to the basics of the game. We hope to be able to run more taster sessions later in the year.

Thank you Robbie for your efforts and thank you ladies for making it worthwhile.

We are hoping to be able to improve the facilities for lady members too before the end of the season with access to toilets and changing facilities.

Some of our lady members have been able to get handicaps this year, thank you Harold for doing this. We hope to get the ladies red tees measured this year too, so handicaps will hopefully become easier.

Driver lessons

Driver lessons

Summer Meeting and Fun Day

Summer meeting and fun day was a great success with plenty in attendance and plenty of sunshine. The Committee would like to thank everybody who bought raffle tickets and burgers/hot dogs, we raised a total of £274.00, half of which was put into the Captain’s Charity, the rest going to the golf club. Thank you too to all the Committee who donated the prizes for the raffle.

A big thank you to Robbie Bennett for giving up his time to give the young budding golfers some coaching; a thank you also to Matt Green of Derbyshire Golf for the provision of the inflatable golf nets.



A message from the President

Our Club,  Was founded with the active encouragement of Sir George Earle who believed that the social life of his employees was essential to their well-being.

Originally the works provided a tennis club, cricket pitch and two football pitches. Now, with employee numbers much reduced a bowling green and Golf Course remain.

Over the years our course has been reconfigured to make way for the vast changes in the manufacturing process so that today,  coupled with the active support of volunteer’s who manage its affairs – we now have a well maintained course with neat fairways and fine putting surfaces.

It is a golf course that rewards the player who can range shots from the tee with accuracy, although the ‘big hitters’ have several opportunities to open their shoulders. At week ends and in the evenings our Clubhouse is open as a nineteenth hole and during the day really tasty and value for money refreshments can be purchased in the canteen.

Our Club night is on Tuesdays and Sunday mornings are also set aside for competitions.

Visitors are welcome at any other time, we depend on their honesty to pay the greens fee. The collection box is in the starter , So do visit us if you can, you will be surprised by the setting next to one of the largest Cement Manufacturing complexes in the country

I am sure that you will be impressed with what we have to offer.

Bernard Eyre


Secretarys introduction

I would like to start the season by welcoming back all our existing club members and saying welcome to all the new members who have joined us. I know our new Captain and his Vice are keen to extend the news of our great club to wider audiences through advertisement and I hope this brings many new members. Personally, I would like to see our ladies section developed with more members, a committee and ladies competitions, its long overdue. Harold Cushway is working to get the ladies handicaps sorted and hopefully we will see them in some form of competitions soon. The ladies locker room has been measured for lockers, 8 in total, and the quote has gone to the Welfare Committee. I have asked for a new door to be fitted so hopefully you will be able to use the toilet soon ladies!

The Golf England initiative, Women and Girls into Golf has commenced and 10 ladies attended the first session. Hopefully more will attend the next session on 5th June, I will make sure that there are some welfare and club membership application forms and hopefully our ladies section will start to grow.

The course has seen some huge improvements over the last two years and we have plans to develop it futher in the coming years but need a healthy membership, participating in events and competitions to demonstrate we are an ongoing viable club.

It is worth adding at this point that the intervention of Hope Construction Materials has allowed some significant improvements to be made to the course. The new bridges, tee boxes, yardage markers, flags and bins have all added to the improvements. Popes have managed the greens magnificently and I’m sure you will all agree that the course is generally in good shape.

Andy Sleight

A Welcome from the Captain

First of all let me say how honoured I am to be representing you all as your captain this year. I’d also like to pay tribute to my predecessor Mr Mick Horan,who I think did a superb job in his time as captain,a role that he effectively did for two years.

I would also like to thank Mr Ray Horan for his tireless work and dedication to this club over many years.

The other retiring committee members also deserve our thanks and credit for the work they’ve put in to try and make this club better for us all. So thank you Tony and Bob.

Therefore having thanked previous committee members I would like to welcome Andy Sleight(secretary) and Harold Cushway (handicap secretary) and I look forward to working with you both over the coming months.

As captain I will try and have a round with as many of you as I can,so if you see a space in my group please feel free to add you name as you will be very welcome. Also if you have any problems or see something you think needs changing around the club please come and tell me and I’ll do my best to sort it out for you.

I hope you all have a great season and look forward to having a few beers with you at some stage through out the year

Mr captain

Golf Club Gets a Makeover

Hope Golf Club gets a makeover

Golfers in the Hope Valley are enjoying more comfortable pre and post-game facilities thanks to the gift of an additional building for their Club at the Hope Cement site.

Hope Cement, whose welfare committee runs the Golf Club located adjacent to the Works, has ‘donated’ a former visitor centre building to the players. The members of the Club have revamped it to incorporate new shower and changing facilities, an office and a locker room.

This weekend the new Club facilities were officially opened by Club President Ray Horan and Hope Works manager Ashley Bryan.

Ray (who previously worked at the cement-making operation as an engineer) comments: “This additional building has made a huge difference to the players. Previously we had very small changing rooms and very basic facilities. We are grateful to the Works for giving this building to this growing Club which has 230 members. A lot of free time and effort has been put in by many of the club members in order to reduce costs – my thanks go to everyone who has contributed”.

Ashley Bryan adds: “We have very close links with this Club both through its location next to the Works and through our very active welfare section. It’s great that we were able to help the Club increase and improve the space available for players and Club officials to use. We look forward to seeing the Club continue to go from strength to strength.”

As well as this new building, the Club celebrates two new replacement holes on the nine-hole course. These were constructed as part of the rail expansion programme on the Works which was completed and officially opened by the then Rail Minister Tom Harris last September.