Mens Teams and Societies
There are a number of different sections and societies within the Club, which playing members can join to take advantage of various social and competitive opportunities. Each team has their own handicap requirements and some have none at all, meaning eveyone can find a group to suit their abilities.
BUSHGUARDERS - A small society of members who served in the Home Guard during the Second World War
BUSH BABIES - A society open to any members who are not eligible for the Bush Nationals or Bushguarders
BUSH NATIONALS - A society of playing members who served a period of National Service
RABBITS - The Rabbits Team is for male members with a handicap of 16 and above
RANGERS - The Rangers Team is for male members over the age of 55, with no handicap restrictions
TIGERS - FOXES - The Tigers Team is for male members with handicaps between 3 and 12.
Each of these teams and societies have their own team of volunteer organisers, so to get involved click on a team below to learn more about them and find out who to contact.
The Bush Babies Golf Society
President – Len Palmer
The Bush Babies Golf Society is open to all male members of BHPGC over the age of 25 years. Bushguarders and Bush Nationals are welcome to join us on society days as guests. The aim of the society is to encourage sociability and member integration within BHPGC.
Membership is £5.00 for the year. We run an annual singles competition and also an eclectic competition throughout the summer for additional fees.
We hold three society days throughout the year. Each day will cost £20 for members and £35 for guests including their green fee. After dining in the bar/restaurant we present trophies for the winner of each competition, along with prizes for member and guests for their golfing achievements during the day.
Friday 31st May - Captains Day
Friday 27th September - Presidents Day
Friday 27th December - Christmas Competition, Lunch and Zag Putter
The objective of the Bush Nationals is to provide a social golfing environment for those members of Bush Hill Park Golf Club who completed a term of National Service.
The Bush Nationals were formed in 1985 as a society for young ex-servicemen who had stepped forward when their country called in the dangerous post-War period that became known as ‘The Cold War’.
Philip Cobden - Captain
Bob Manchee - President
Dave Turner - Treasurer
Peter Smith - Secretary
All members, playing or not, are welcome to dinner.
Friday 5 April at 1.30 pm
18-hole Stableford for the Navy Cup
Thursday 23 May at 1.30 pm
18-hole Stableford for the Army Cup
Sunday 30 June at 1.00 pm
Sunday lunch to celebrate Armed Services Day
This is a club function and all booking should be made direct with the caterers
Wednesday 7 August at 1.00 pm
GUEST DAY for the Millenium Trophy
18-hole fourball better ball competition
Tuesday 20 August at 1.00pm
Match versus the Ladies
Friday 13 September at 1.30 pm
18-hole Stableford for the RAF Cup, AGM and prize presentation
Friday 8 November - 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm
The three Cups, Guest Day and the match versus the Ladies’ will be followed by dinner
The years of National Service cover almost two decades - from World War Two to the birth of the Beatles. In all, between 1945 and 1963, 2.5 million young men were compelled to do their time in National Service - with 6,000 being called up every fortnight
National Service as peacetime conscription was formalised by the National Service Act 1948. From 1 January 1949, healthy males 17 to 21 years old were expected to serve in the Armed Forces for 18 months, and remain on the reserve list for four years.
Some went willingly, while others were reluctant but resigned. A few were downright bloody-minded, seeing little difference between their call up and the press gangs of Britain's distant past.
At first public opinion was behind the idea of National Service. It was clear in the immediate post war political landscape that Britain had considerable obligations and only a limited number of men still in service.
There was Germany to be occupied with 100,000 troops; and Austria too. In the Middle East there was Palestine to be policed, Aden to be protected, the Suez Canal Zone to be held down - as well as Cyprus, Singapore, Hong Kong and a chain of lesser military bases.
However, in the milk bars and Lyon's tea shops of those days, no amount of government propaganda could stop youngsters of both sexes grousing about the disruption to their lives caused by National Service. It would have an effect on education plans, young boys starting apprenticeships, and on girlfriends faced with the prospect of their partners disappearing with only occasional leave. The only escape, so it seemed, was failing the medical although at the time there was a prohibition on serving members of the Armed Forces standing for election to Parliament. A few national servicemen stood for election in the 1951 and 1955 General Elections in order to be dismissed from service.
Overnight, the national servicemen had to learn a new language. 'Blanco', 'spit-n-polish', 'rifle oil', 'pull throughs', and the dreaded 'bull' and 'jankers'. Once they had been shaved and kitted out - all within a few hours of arrival - the rookie national servicemen all looked identical, even if, back in the barrack room, every man was still an individual.
The arena for the breaking in of these young men was the parade ground. In squads they learnt how to obey orders instinctively, and to react to a single word of command, by coping with a torrent of abuse from the drill sergeant.
National Service as peacetime conscription was formalised by the National Service Act 1948. From 1 January 1949, healthy males 17 to 21 years old were expected to serve in the Armed Forces for 18 months, and remain on the reserve list for four years. They could be recalled to their units for up to 20 days for no more than three occasions during these four years. Men were exempt from National Service if they worked in one of the three ‘essential services’: coal mining, farming and the merchant navy for a period of eight years. If they quit early, they were subject to be called up. Exemption continued for conscientious objectors, with the same tribunal system and categories.
In October 1950, in response to the British involvement in the Korean War, the service period was extended to two years. To compensate the reserve period was reduced by six months. National Servicemen who showed promise could be commissioned as officers. National Service personnel were used in combat operations, including the Malayan emergency, the Cyprus emergency, in Kenya against the Mau Mau Uprising, and the Korean War, where conscripts to the Gloucestershire Regiment took part in the last stand during the Battle of the Imjin River.
National Service ended on 31 December 1960, but those who had deferred service for reasons such as university studies or on compassionate or hardship grounds still had to complete their National Service after this date. It had also previously been decided that only those born up to 1 October 1939 were to be called up. The last man called up for National Service, Private Fred Turner of the Army Catering Corps, was discharged on 7 May 1963. However, the last National Serviceman was Lieutenant Richard Vaughan of the Royal Army Pay Corps, who was discharged six days later on 13 May 1963. When National Service ended, some men continued serving voluntarily.
Did you know?
2.5 million young men completed National Service.
Some people say it started in 1949 making it a little over 13 years from first man in to last man out. Others say from the end of the Second World War and calculate National Service as a little over 17 years.
The Army took 72 men in every 100 (with four in ten going to the ‘teeth’ arms of infantry, Royal Artillery and Armoured Corps), the RAF 26 (precious few of whom would get anywhere near an aircraft) and the Navy only 2.
In 1950 National Service increased from 18 months to 2 years.
The very last national service draft was on
17 November 1960 when 2,049 men were called up.
1,999 went into the Army and 50 to the RAF.
When it was announced the 2,049 thought they would be going home only they were not. A TV crew turned up to get a reaction and as a PR exercise the Army released the last two men through the gates.
The last naval conscript left in late 1961, by January 1963 the last airmen had left; the conscript with the last issued number (23819209), Private Fred Turner, became a civilian on 7 May 1963. However, the last National Serviceman was Lieutenant Richard Vaughan of the Royal Army Pay Corps, who was discharged six days later on 13 May 1963.
Represent your club by playing for the Rabbits! For players with a handicap of 16 and above.
The Rabbits at Bush Hill Park Golf Club play a number of midweek matches throughout the season with other local golf clubs, on a home and away basis.
All male members of Bush Hill are eligible and welcome to become involved. Participating is an ideal way to get to know members of your own club and other local golfers better.
We play competitive team golf on a friendly basis. The chance to play other courses and enjoy the social element of team golf are added benefits. There is a list of matches on the notice board, and we have an active Rabbits WhatsApp Group.
Please note that times are shown for the first tee time. The day of the week varies with matches on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each match will be followed by an evening meal.
Rabbits Fixtures 2019
Date / Venue Home / Away Tee Time
The Rangers Team is open to anyone over 55. You can be sure to find an interesting programme of home and away fixtures, which take in lots of courses you may not have played. Team sheets are on the Rangers notice board three weeks ahead of each fixture, so put up your names and the team will be selected one week before the actual date of the match. It is very important to tick your name once selected to save the captain any further stress! Note our Captain changes for every match.
I am confident that the coming season will be a good one for the Rangers and if our recent performances are anything to go by, then they bode well for a successful one too.
The Winter Eclectic cup was donated by Roger Archibald and is presented to the winner of the Rangers Winter Eclectic Competition each year. For more information on the Rangers team please contact John Stradling.
TIGERS - FOXES
Bush Hill Park Tigers
Tigers Bullivant Bowl
The bowl format will be a knockout competition based on a standard bracketed draw, Six Players.
Matches will comprise 3 games played on a fourball better ball match play basis off scratch.
All ties except the final will involve a home match and an away match. The winners of the tie will be the team that has scored the most number of points in the two matches.
The final will be played over 18 holes on a neutral course to be determined by the Executive Committee.
Players must have a playing handicap of 7 or more. Clubs are reminded however, that the original concept of the league was to create competitive inter club competition for players in the handicap range between 8 and 12 who were not being selected to play in the Middlesex Tigers A teams.
We were given a bye in the first round and are due to play West Middlesex by June 30th, more details to follow.
Foxes Abrey Cup
We joined the Middlesex Foxes Abrey Cup in 2018, we had a fantastic year managing to reach the final against Ealing, unfortunately we just came up short losing 4/5 to Ealing, this was a great achievement for Bush Hill Park, and we are looking forward to a competitive 2019.
Middlesex Abrey Cup Runners Up 2018
The Abrey Cup is a knockout competition against Middlesex Golf Clubs, players are required to have a handicap between 9 to 19, and all games are played as singles, all matches are played at neutral clubs.
Our first match is against Mill Hill at West Herts, this match is due to be played by the 15th April, results to follow.
Mark Stevens, Captain
Jon Copley, Vice Captain