‘Parkies Pals’ find a warm welcome at Shrivenham Park

When Carole Lee came up with the idea to start a putting club at Shrivenham Park Golf Club she never dreamed about the wider impact it would have on the community.

In particular, the hugely positive effect it would have on local group supported by Parkinson’s UK affectionately known as ‘Parkies Pals’.

From humble origins, the putting club at the Oxfordshire venue has now become a social hub for Parkies Pals.

Not only do Parkies Pals regularly join in the fun with club members and other guests, but they have also made the golf club the base for their monthly meetings.

Today, on World Parkinson’s Day, Carole’s story is a welcome reminder about how golf clubs can bring the local community together with a simple idea that reaps huge rewards.

Carole admitted: “Just prior to Covid I was asked to join the committee at Shrivenham Park Golf Club where I had been a member since 2004.

“We needed to raise funds for our club and, not having any spare space for a driving range, I suggested starting a putting club using the facilities of the putting green outside the clubhouse.

“From small beginnings, greater things happen.  It was advertised on local notice boards and in the local parish magazine.

“We charged £2 per person for 9-holes which included loan of equipment, club and ball and also a hot drink and biscuit.

“Then Covid struck and, like many things, it was put on hold.

“I then met with one of my friends on a church walk who said she had a friend who wanted to know more about the social putting at Shrivenham.

“I met the lady who runs the local group of Parkinson’s UK called Parkies Pals.  They started coming along last summer and the result has been amazing.”

Parkies Pals was started in 2018 with the idea of uniting people with and without Parkinson’s in support and friendship whilst raising awareness of this most frustrating and debilitating condition through café meet-ups, fundraising and sponsored events.

On Monday, the group gathered at Shrivenham Park for a fun competition and raised £235 for charity.

Carole added: “It is always our aim at Shrivenham Park to make everyone feel at home.

“Parkies Pals have now made their home at Shrivenham Park Golf Club and hold their meetings there on the first Monday of the month.”

 

  • For more information about England Golf’s commitment to support clubs and help golfers with Parkinson’s to continue to enjoy the sport, click here