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March 1st February 2024 – We said farewell to our great friend and colleague Derek Bryant. Nearly 200 people were present at the Crematorium, and then at The Swan in Hanham to celebrate the life of Derek who, as many said on the day was a ‘Gentleman’s Gentleman’. A man of many parts who contributed greatly to the lives of all he touched. He was an accomplished footballer, pianist, and golfer – taking on the role of Seniors captain at Stockwood Vale in 2016. A kind, generous, and apparently ‘unflappable’ presence he will be sorely missed.

 Ed Ryan 
Bob Winter : 1938 – 2021 Obituary to followBob Winter


Roy Kibblewhite : 1935 – 2021
Roy was born in 1935 in Swindon and was educated in the local region and was a supporter of Swindon Town football club. Roy did his national service for three years with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and after leaving the Army he returned to civilian life. Then in 1962 in he rejoined the Army and the RAMC, finally retiring from the service in 1982. Roy then worked for a local firm of solicitors until he retired.
He was keen on cricket, football, golf and his allotment.
Roy joined the seniors in 1998, playing in both senior’s competitions and the many friendly roll ups. He was proud of his time in the RAMC and would defend its reputation at all times. A number of retired military members at the golf club when having a bit of fun about the RAMC, Roy would remind them that only 3 Victoria Crosses with Bar (double VC) had ever been awarded and 2 of those had been issued to the RAMC. Of course this was done in all good humour.

Information supplied by Peter Cheesley. 

Jim Shapcott :  1946 – 2021 Obituary to follow.

Jim was born in Brislington in the May of 1946 to Joyce and Ted, and along with older sister Pam were a very close family. Jim attended Brislington school and grew up in this area.

He met Gloria at The Glen Dance Hall in 1963 and they married in 1965. They had their first child Julie but soon after decided to emigrate to South Africa. They all stayed there for a few years before deciding it wasn’t for them. They came back and set up home in Stockwood, soon afterwards their second child Christopher arrived.

Jim loved his golf but also really enjoyed his cars and boats. He also had a caravan based in Somerset that he and Gloria would spend many a long weekend away in.

During his Stockwood Vale days he thoroughly enjoyed the battle of team matches and represented the Wessex, Avalon and Bristol and District teams. Jimmer (as he was known) was always in his element when playing golf with his mates followed by a beer afterwards and discussing what had gone wrong out there!

Jim has now been reunited with Gloria who sadly passed away back in 2016.
Written by Richard Gill.

Peter Norman : 1943 – 2021

Pete was born in 1943, the 4th of 5 children. He spent his early years attending Ashley Down School and then progressed on to Bristol Technical College as an apprentice with BAC. Pete later started a furniture shop on Gloucester Road, while inventing and selling darts accessories on the side. He went on to organise national darts competitions while managing Leighton Reese, who became the first World Darts Champion. He went on to set up “The House of

Darts”, where he met Pete Smith, on the Gloucester Road with customers in over 60 countries. He was invited to Buckingham Palace by the Queen where he received the Queen’s Award for Export in 1985. She even remembered him in her Christmas Day speech that same year.

Pete married Maureen in 1965 and they went on to have two sons and 3 grandsons. They always loved to travel, especially cruises.
Pete cherished the friends he made at Stockwood Vale Golf Club for nearly 30 years, eventually joining the senior’s club alongside his longtime close friend Peter Smith. He ticked off a hole in one at his beloved home golf course and always wondered if there would be any room left when he passed away. He’d be really chuffed there is, especially with best friend Pete Smith.
As written by Mrs Maureen Norman (wife) and Matt Norman (son).

Peter Smith : 19XX – 2021 Obituary to follow.
Peter Ogden : 1934 – 2020

Pete was born in 1934, in his early years he attended St Bonaventure’s school. He worked in a bakery where he met his future wife, Sylvia. He joined the army, The Grenadier Guards, and whilst on leave he married Sylvia in 1953. Pete and Sylvia had 3 children, Steve, Tony and Claire. He built a career as a flooring expert, including acting as a rep and was frequently asked to act as an expert witness in court disputes. He was a member of the TA for many years before joining a Barbershop Harmony Club.

Music and singing was his only real hobby until he found golf when he retired. He played in club team matches in the Wessex League and became senior’s captain for 1999 – 2000 where he lead the seniors in their friendly matches against other local clubs. Pete also enjoyed doing the cryptic crossword in his daily newspaper and could often be found in the clubhouse enjoying a cup of coffee.

As written by Steve Ogden and Mike Newell.

David Hurst 1950 – 2020
Dave was a Bristol boy born and bred and very proud to be able to say so! Leaving school at 16 Dave joined the Inland Revenue Tax Dept as a civil servant, moving on to become a Time & Motion Engineer (both very brave choices in those days). He married Patricia in 1971 and they had two daughters who gave them seven much loved grandchildren. In 1986 Dave decided to take a University degree in Computing, married with two young children this was again a brave decision. Dave enjoyed a career with BT and Merchant Investors Insurance until his decision to work for himself as a painter and decorator. His many clients

often speak about his singing whilst he yielded a paintbrush. Music was a huge part of his life and his knowledge was immense and admired by many.
Dave was a good sportsman, playing amateur football and cricket at a high level before taking up golf in his late forties. He formed his own golf society called ‘The Slice boys’ with a group of friends and organised golf tours in the UK and Europe which included many SVGC members.
I think it’s fair to say Dave was a popular member of the club, and was elected Club Captain in 2016. He is remembered for his huge smile which was ever present. A dedicated fund raiser – Dave organised fortnightly club quizzes for several years which were well attended by a regular group who generously gave to club charities. He also organised money raising events for the Football World Cup, Euro championships and The Masters – raising thousands of pounds and ‘annoying’ golfers by sitting in the clubhouse and helping them part with their money!
What a man – his will be missed but will be remembered with fondness by many!
As written by Mrs Patsy Hurst.

 Bernard John Arthur Campling 1931 – 2020
Bernard was a keen tennis player and joined Stockwood Vale in the early years of the club. When the senior’s section was formed and his good friend Bob Winter was elected the first Seniors Captain in 1996, he accepted the roll as Seniors Vice Captain.
The following year he introduced the first seniors stableford competition when the club was still a 9 hole course, won by Dave Christopher. Due to his administrative and organisational skills, developed as Engineering Manager at CEGB, he agreed to become fixture secretary and he successfully liaised with other local clubs and built a fixture list of home and away matches, with many still being played today.
He refereed the first Seniors Summer Knockout Final, won by Alan Cotterell who was then Seniors Treasurer.
Under the direction of Bob Winter and Bernard, the seniors section expanded into what is now a very successful part of Stockwood Vale Golf Club.

As written by David Christopher.

Graham JenkinsApril 2019

Very sad to report that Graham Jenkins has passed away. Graham was a very popular member of the club and recorded a very good score recently in the January medal. Always a pleasure to play with – a very witty, good humoured and well respected person. Still difficult to believe that his life was cut short so soon.
His wish was to cremated but with no ceremony.
Those close to Graham will be informed of the time it will happen but not be present.
He then wished for a celebration at the golf club two weeks after (25th May 2019).

Graham’s wish was for his ashes to be scattered on the SVGC golf course.
On the anniversary of his death, a tribute of flowers and a golf ball are laid by his great friend and fellow clubman Jeff Player, next to the tree just back from the 15th green.


Alan Cotterell 1936 – 2018

Alan Cotterell was known as one of the gentlemen of SVGC. He joined the seniors section approximately 20 years ago during the captaincy of Bernard Campling. Alan retired senior clerical position with British Petroleum.
His first venture into golf was when working, he was delegated by senior management to organise a golf day at Bowood Golf Club in Cornwall.
Subsequently he did an excellent job as treasurer for SVGC seniors for many years, and with Captain John Tantram and the senior’s committee, organised the first Senior’s Open in 2001 and several subsequent years.
Alan, playing off a 20 handicap, won the very first Senior’s Summer Singles knockout in 1997.
Laterly, despite the early onset of dementia, he played regularly in the early Tuesday morning 9 hole roll up under the supervision of Keith Shattock.

As written by Dave Christopher.

 John Glanville
1936 – 2018
Senior’s Captain in 2003 & 2004 and Club Captain in 2006

Prior to his golfing exploits at Stockwood Vale Golf Club, John was an excellent athelete and football left winger on the fringe of first team football with Bristol City. From there he joined Bath City and later played briefly for Merthyr Tydfil.


Pat Mailer 1934 – 2018

Pat was born and raised in Perthshire, one of three siblings. He was introduced to the game of golf at an early age by his father. Pat also played football for a local team.
Working as a builder he moved to Cumbria before moving south to Bridgewater, where he worked on the building of the Hinkley Point power station.
He met his future wife and married in Bridgewater and for a number of years Pat would travel to Bristol on a Monday to work on various building projects for Wimpey, before returning home at the weekend.
After a number of years commuting, the family up sticks and moved to Stockwood.
Pat was an early member of the newly opened Stockwood Vale Golf Club.
Pat was a real gent. You had to understand the man and his wit.
He was a stickler for the rule of golf; for example, if someone hit their ball into the hedge he would make sure they complied with the rules by making sure they kept the point where the ball lie and the flag in line before proceeding to take the penalty drop.
Pat had his own colourful Scottish language. This was brought to the fore one day when playing the 2nd, it was Pat’s turn to supply a little something to keep the cold out. From his pocket he produced his whisky flask, which he had had for a considerable number of years. This particular flask had a glass screw top which he promptly dropped and shattered. Not wishing to waste the whisky, the group consumed the contents before teeing off. The rest of the round was played in something of a haze.
A lot of people didn’t realise Pat was a budding racing driver, he could not stand anyone being in front of him.
In the last year or so, due to health problems, Pat did not play a lot of golf but could always be seen at the club to socialise with his mates and help put the world to right.
As written by Mike Newell and Mike Hall
Tony Nutt

Tony grew up in The Chessels and Southville.
After the war his family moved to Germany, due to his father being seconded abroad as a Fire Chief.
He served in the Grenadier Guards during his national service. After being “demobbed” he work for W D & H O Wills, a job he hated. Tony married and took over the running of his in laws public house, The Smythe Arms in Long Ashton. Whilst there he joined Long Ashton Golf Club and we believe his best handicap was 13.
Tony remarried and for a short time was the steward at Knowle Golf Club. Tony then worked for his old golf partner at Cadbury Country Club until it was sold and he moved to Stockwood.
In 1998 Tony’s old golf partner, the ex owner of Cadbury Country Club knew Peter Drissell played at Stockwood Vale and asked if Peter would take Tony along to play as he hadn’t played for a few years.
From recollections he won one senior’s tournament, when he beat Alan Peates who called him a bandit.
Tony will be missed by a good number of the older Stockwood Vale members.
As written by Peter Drissell
Pat Hopes 1935 – 2016
Pat’s funeral was on the 25th November 2016 at South Bristol Crematorium

Thanks to Dave Christopher who has kept a record of SVGC Senior Members who have passed on since the formation of the Senior Section back in 1996The memorial bench is positioned next to the 18th green