Annual Charity Golf Day 2023
5th July 2023
A debut winner, sunshine, music and a record-breaking total raised for the people of Stevenage.
We may have woken up to rain, but the sun, as always, shone through for our 29th Stevenage Community Trust Charity Golf Day. Knebworth Golf Club were fantastic hosts with long-term supporters, Tollers Solicitors, again taking the spot of lead sponsor for the event.
The Stevenage Community Trust community came together as familiar faces returned to the green, some hoping to build on previous successes, and debut teams arrived, ready to rise to the occasion. We were delighted to register 16 teams and welcome everyone with tea, coffee and a delicious bacon roll. The two tee-off start ensured the teams moved competitively around the 18 holes, and all were eager to enter our on-course competitions. We saw the return of the popular Champagne Challenge at the 14th hole, sponsored by Polystar and the Yellow Ball Competition, sponsored by KLT Utilities. Then, in addition to our other regular competitions, including longest drive, nearest the pin in two and nearest the line, we introduced a new exciting competition on the 8th hole – Beat the Pro! A huge thank you goes out to golf professional James Crabb for donating his time to the trust.
After their two-year reign, Stevenage Packaging Limited relinquished their crown to debut competitors AGL Commercial Limited, who each received a PING Golf Bag, kindly sponsored by E H Crouch Funeral Directors and Powell Funeral Directors. Not only did we see newcomers to the tournament take first prize, but first-timers Accounting 4 Actors grabbed the runners-up prize.
As we retired to the clubhouse patio, a charming ambience was created by saxophonist Tom Platter who played exquisitely as the teams and volunteers gathered for a beautiful BBQ dinner, prize presentation, charity raffle and auction.
The event raised over £9,000, which will go directly to those in need in the Stevenage community, distributed through several of the trust's activities.
We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of this year’s sponsors, including Tollers, Homes and Mortgages, Stevenage Packaging Ltd, Ice Sculptures Ltd, Brown & Lee Chartered Surveyors, CFS Events, Heneom HR, Austins Funeral Homes, GCIS (UK) Ltd and ARK Lasting Powers & Wills to name just a few. We are also very grateful for the auction and raffle prizes donated by our Stevenage business community, including Knebworth House & Gardens, The Cromwell Hotel, Misya Meze & Grill, Martin’s Driving Academy, Brocket Hall Golf Club, Stevenage Golf Club, Stowmarket Golf Club, Berkhamsted Golf Club, Face Communications, and a special thank you to Claudia Griffin for the beautiful photos capturing the day.(credit @claudiagriffinphotography).
One happy golfer commented: “Amazing work today, really massive success. We were really happy to be a part of it and will definitely be entering teams next year.’
2024 will mark the 30th anniversary of our Stevenage Community Trust Golf Day – so watch this space for the Save the Date and be sure not to miss out, as it is guaranteed to be our biggest yet!
Board of Trustee's Announcement
30th May 2023
We are excited to announce some important changes to our Board of Trustee's at Stevenage Community Trust.
After a 10-year term as Chair, our founding member and lifelong supporter, Rob Stewart has now stepped down from this position. In his time as Chair the trust has seen its membership rise and our fundraising hit record levels. We will greatly miss his endless energy at our regular meetings so we’re thrilled to report that he will continue to play a very active role in the position of President moving forward.
Rob’s departure heralds a new role for Sharon Brown. Sharon has been a Trustee since 2016, taking on the position of Vice-Chair in 2017 and we’re delighted that she has now accepted the position of Chair, stepping into Rob’s shoes.
Steve McQueen, has in turn agreed to take the post of Vice-Chair. Together they will provide us with robust and energetic leadership as we move into a new era.
We are also very fortunate to have the support of Baroness Sharon Taylor OBE, another lifelong trust advocate, who we’re delighted to announce as our Patron. Sharon’s passion and dedication to Stevenage is renowned and it is fitting that she commits to the role after the late Lord Cobbold.
With these exciting changes in place, we're looking forward to the next chapter for the Stevenage Community Trust as together we continue to achieve great things for the people most in need within our local community.
Dinner and Dance 2022
We're delighted to report that the Stevenage Community Trust black tie dinner held at The Priory Barn, Little Wymondley raised just over £40,000 on Friday night, an all-time record.
Lloyd Mesmain running the London Marathon for the Trust
A big thank you to Lloyd Mesmain who this weekend is running the 26.2 miles of the Virgin London Marathon representing The Stevenage Community Trust.
Thank you to Costco for their £100 donation
Thank you to local business Costco for their recent £100 donation. The Trust makes a real difference to the lives of people in need within our community, especially in these times of extreme hardship, so we are incredibly grateful for their generous contribution.
Sad passing of long serving trustee Alex Lang
The Stevenage Community Trust is sad to announce the passing of one of our longest serving trustees, Alex Lang aged 78.
Alex served as a trustee for nearly 20 years and was one of life‘s very rare givers and doers.
New Lifestyles Hub for Stevenage Leisure
Stevenage Leisure were delighted to showcase the new Lifestyles Hub. The project was made possible with funding from the Stevenage Community Trust.
North Herts College celebrate new allotment thanks to community funding
North Herts College this week celebrated the success of their new Stevenage Community Allotment thanks to local funding, and lots of very hard work by the college students and project team.
Lord Cobbold Patron and founding Chairman of the SCT
Former Patron and founding Chairman of the Stevenage Community Trust Lord David Cobbold has sadly passed away aged 84.
Community Grant helps fund new play equipment
Among the many community projects that we helped fund during the last year, is this lovely new play equipment and seating for the Community Hall play area in Watton-at-Stone.