Barbara Craven’s tireless dedication to supporting friends and members at Chester Golf Club has earned her England Golf’s Lifetime Service Award for 2021.
On a recent visit to Woburn Golf Club, Barbara was surprised when Hannah Ingram-Moore – daughter of the later captain Sir Tom Moore – broke the news of her award and paid tribute to her amazing work helping others.
Over the past 20 years Barbara has been involved as a golfer, volunteer, committee member, lady captain and president at Chester Golf Club and she is currently chair of the house and club welfare officer.
As a former GP, her caring and compassionate nature has endeared her to everyone she has come across.
In particular, her recent work with the junior section and her drive to promote women’s golf has shown just how valuable an asset she is to the club and community.
Barbara was crucial to promoting the values of the Women in Golf Charter to which Chester Golf Club has become a signatory.
On learning that she had won the award, Barbara said: “It came a massive shock to me, but I’m extremely honoured to have been nominated and then picked up this award.
“I’ve been at Chester Golf Club now for around 33 years. I joined so that my husband John and I could have a sport to play together when we were on holiday once our family had decided they didn’t want to come away with us anymore!
“When I retired as a GP I had time on my hands and I became the first lady on the management committee. Once I became the first on committee I wanted to help others follow and show that the women had something positive to offer the golf club.
“It’s a great club and socially very active. The aim is now to encourage more youngsters to get involved in that side of things.
“As club welfare officer, I’m involved with our new professional to help build up again what once was a very active junior section.
“I’ve made a lot of friends over the years at the golf club, people that we have been on holiday with and socialise with away from the club.
“Being at Chester Golf Club has been a huge part of my life and I’m thrilled to win this award.”