Chanctonbury Probus Club
Chanctonbury Probus Club


For many years there has been a group of keen golfers within the Chanctonbury club. We organise occasional summer golfing trips to France; friendly matches with other local Probus Clubs; an Inter Club individual competition for the 'Alistair McKenzie Trophy'; and two annual competitions for our club members for the 'Roy Ward' and the 'Doug Charles' trophies. These three pieces of silverware were given in memory of long standing club colleagues. If you have any interest please contact our Golf Co-ordinator Simon Powlson.



16th November 2021


At the Club Coffee Morning on the 16th November 2021 the Chairman Ray Gatward presented John Howard with the Roy Ward trophy.

John won the 2021 golf competition by having the best three round total of 102 points.

October 2021


Nine intrepid golfers turned up to do battle in the final round of the Roy Ward trophy at Cottesmore. 

Given its naval connection - there have been three HMS Cottesmores - the course was suitably aquatic after the previous nights deluge. However, the sun came out and we sailed forth in glorious sunshine but it was not a course for the faint hearted. The professional’s response to the question ‘which are the easiest Par 3s to have a nearest the pin on? Was ‘we don’t have any but probably not the 17th as it’s over a now very large lake’.

Having cleverly displaced some of the brim full water in that lake by filling it with many golf balls we aquaplaned our way up to the 19th hole where we found John Howard had pipped Michael Carroll by just one point to win the Roy Ward by 102 points to 101.


Congratulations to John, Michael and everyone else who has participated in Chanctonbury Probus golf 2021.

August 2021


Seven Probus members and three guests turned up at Hoebridge golf course near Woking fully intending to set the course on fire. However, we were distracted by the delicious bacon baps which stopped several of us from fully completing our pre match practice routines. Despite this we began with an early flurry of birdies (well Michael did). The dramatic tension was kept taut by the longest drive and two nearest the pin competitions, all of which produced worthy winners. However the overall winner on the day was John Howard who had both suggested the wonderful venue and organised it all. We are looking forward to two further games before the Roy Ward Champion of Champions is awarded to the victor ludorum, while the rest of us content ourselves with bacon baps, golf, wine and camaraderie. Many thanks to John for his good taste and hard work. 





24th July 2021 


“Ten stick wielding older gents set out in the midday sun to do battle with the hills of Seaford Blatchington, a beautiful and intelligently designed course, in some ways the opposite of several of the players.


Even if some of us would had taken our tanks of old the clever defences and undulating terrain would have presented a fearsome challenge. Without them we nevertheless performed heroically, with Stuart showing what could be done with an uninhabited and enjoyable 34 points to ascend the victors podium. Score wise, several others remained anchored at the bottom of one of the bomb craters, created by the Luftwaffe pilots of old, like them able to see the sky but unable to get a hand or handle on Ultimate victory.


But it was great fun and gave us views, if not causes, to die for. Memories are made of days like these”

21st May 2012


Five Probus golfers and a guest got blown around Singing Hills on Wednesday, competing in the Roy Ward trophy. The first round at Hill Barn was in all together more clement weather and produced a worthy winner in Michael Carroll and runner up in Stuart Arnold. At Singing Hills we agreed to cut the previous rounds winners handicap by two and runner up by one so as to even up the chances of others winning.


This tried and tested technique produced a radically different result at Singing Hills. Michael won the individual prize and Michael Stuart and Alan Price the team prize. We are beginning to suspect that Michael is very good at golf and Stuart is improving fast. However the rest of us have years of experience to draw on and are planning new and different ways to turn the tables and win the wine that compliments Roy Ward’s trophy. Next stop Chiddingfold in June then off to the clifftops and magnificent views at Seaford. Join Probus golf, meet interesting people and see the world

11th April 2021


The first meeting of the Chanctonbury Probus Golf Group was held on the 17th of March to discuss the plans for the coming year. Simon Powlson chaired the meeting and the first match was agreed to take place at Hill Barn on 29th of April with a Bacon Sandwich before a start tee around 11.00, Simon agreed to organise this. It was agreed that this should be the first of five monthly games on a Thursday or Friday near the end of the month up till and including August but not clashing with Cootham GS.

A number of courses were suggested for investigation for the remaining venues including: Horton Park or Chichester Cathedral (taking advantage of Group membership of the five Hill Barn members if possible). 

Goodwood, Gatton Manor, Mannings Heath Waterfall, Rookwood, Littlehampton, Bognor, Ifield and Singing Hills. The final decisions of which courses to play will be determined by cost and the numbers available to play to attract discounts (recognising we may need to be at least 10 or 12 to qualify as a Society).

Simon agreed to talk to Findon Probus to see if they will arrange the inter probus match this year as it had to be cancelled last year and Alan agreed to speak to South Downs Probus about when we can play our two-leg match with them before Sunday 31 October when the clocks go back.



26th October


Alan Jeffs reports:

Probus golf members recorded an historic victory last week at Cowdray Park golf course on the return leg of our newly generated “Covid Cup” Matchplay competition with South Downs Probus.


Aided and abetted by friends and partners we scored 4.5 pts to 1.5pts thereby overturning our 2.5pts to 3.5 pts defeat on the first leg.


There were star performances from all of our team but with MIDs to John Howard, Michael Carroll and Alan Jeffs in both legs and to Simon Powlson who got out of his bathchair after his knee replacement operation to partner Mike Brett over the line at Cowdray.


Everyone enjoyed the day despite not being able to celebrate properly at the end – lots of friendly banter and reminiscing over past times at the now defunct West Chiltington golf club, now a massive vineyard. Anyway something good has come from its demise as the products from the annual grape harvest will surely help lubricate our ever-ageing joints in years to come?


That ends our season of activities so we start to look forward to next year, with Simon at the helm.


Tempus fugit has played its part in the retirement from active service of three of our stalwarts of previous years – Ted Fisher, Arthur French and Paul Hayward - maybe we can lure them out in 2021 to play off the red tees? Anyway we wish them well.


21 October 2020


Alan Jeffs reports:

We completed our season of monthly golfing competitions this week – a little later in the year than normal due to delays created in the Spring by Covid.


Interestingly golf has been one of the few sporting activities that has seen an increase in levels of participation this year as more people have had increased leisure time by way of either being furloughed or not having to commute to work, and, of course, golf is amenable to social distancing, especially if one’s drive is a little wayward!


This last game was held at Singing Hills golf course at Hassocks – a pretty course but prone to bad weather as it is on clay soil. 7 of us played and we were pleased to see Simon Powlson back in action after his knee operation, albeit somewhat recklessly as he drove his buggy at speed across the soft ground. Winner of the day was Alan Jeffs - just ahead of the pack.


Annual prizes were presented to Michael Carroll as he retained the Doug Charles trophy for the best aggregate score for the year, and to Mike Brett, winner of the Roy Ward trophy awarded on a points basis for totalling 3 team wins out of 4.


The Inter Probus competition was not played this year so we retain the team “Hackers Trophy” with John Howard continuing with the task of polishing the individual trophy until 2021!


Earlier this autumn Alan Jeffs challenged our old rivals, the South Downs Probus, to a members and partners 2 leg match-play pairs competition. We lost the first leg 2.5:3.5 in September but hope to reverse the score this coming Friday at Cowdray Park.


This is a bit of fun as partners and guests can play, however pride is at stake so we will do our best to win. If the competition is repeated next year we will see if there are more players and/or partners (or offspring?) willing to give it a go!


Simon Powlson takes over as golf secretary for 2021 after Alan Jeffs takes a step back after 5 years in the job - Good luck Simon!!

27th September 2020


Golfing Report Up Date from Alan Jeffs:

Golf has been one of the few sports that have been able to continue, in some form or other, through the covid ( I don’t believe it deserves a capital C!) crisis.


The golfers amongst us have been able to continue through the summer with our monthly meet albeit without the post-match feast.


The Inter Probus competition, due to be held in August, was cancelled early in the season, so Chanctonbury Probus remain holders of the “Hackers Trophy” by default.


So as not to rest on our Laurels we challenged our closest rivals at South Downs Probus to our own version of the Ryder Cup match-play competition.


The “home leg” was played at Hill Barn Golf Course, Worthing, on Friday 25th September in what proved to be windy but dry weather.


Our team of 12, made up of members, wives and guests formed 6 pairs selected by Captain of the day John Howard. We had mixed fortunes losing 3 matches, winning 2 and drawing one.

We lost the battle but will still win the war if we can reverse our fortunes on the second leg to be held in October. Rory and Justin have been asked to play for us!!


In the meantime, we have two more rounds to play for our own trophy, so golf continues into the Autumn, weather permitting.


Our numbers are a little depleted this year, so we hope to recruit a few more golfers to join us in the coming months.

4th August 2020 


Organiser Stuart Arnold reported on this golf event as follows: 

We had the second round of the Doug Charles Trophy at the Hill Barn course in Worthing on Tuesday 4th August organised by Stuart. Six of us played with one guest on a beautiful sunny day having first supported the governments “Eat out to help out” initiative by having a great breakfast before the round. Suitably fed and watered we then set about the serious matter of the golf taking full advantage of the more forgiving nature of the wider fairways at Hill Barn. We did still manage to explore the wilder parts of the course and enjoyed the sand between our toes in some of the Bunkers.


We had views from the Isle of Wight round to the Severn Sisters from the elevated position of the 15th and 16th fairways having first scaled ‘cardiac hill’ as it is affectionally known to get to the 15th.  So, after a six mile walk and 50 floors of ascent (according to my trusty Garmin ‘smart’ watch) the honours in the end went to Stuart who narrowly pipped Mike Brett to win the individual prize and the three ball of Mike Brett, Alan and John Howard were the best scoring team. We now look forward to the end of September for the next round at Horsham.

8th July 2020 


Organiser Simon Powlson reported on this golf event as follows:

‘We had the first round of the Doug Charles Trophy at the Chichester Cathedral course on Wednesday 8th July. Seven of us played under threatening skies, which fortunately never delivered the rain they promised. The same promise but failure to deliver was true of our golfing talents. In the absence of rain, we regularly sought out water in the myriad of brooks and ponds that make the course so different and challenging. At the end Simon narrowly pipped Michael Carrol to win the individual prize and the four ball of Laki, Mike Brett, Michael Carroll and Simon won the team prize.


We look forward to playing the next round on dry land at Hill Barn on 4th August’.

25 February 2020


Club Golf Co-ordinator Alan Jeffs held a meeting to agree the Golf programme for this year - events and dates (where known) are shown on the Diary webpage. For further details please contact Alan.


23 September 2019 


Organiser Michael Carroll reported this golf event as follows:

"Chanctonbury Colleagues together with guests and friends from other Probus affiliates made up a round dozen of players who were blessed with good weather and enjoyed one of the best courses in the South of England, namely the premier Worthing course fashioned by the famous golf course designer Harry Colt. Feedback over a very acceptable lunch was that whilst the course proved a challenging test of golf, everyone was very impressed by both its layout and condition, and would be interested to return at a future date."

13 September 2019 


Organiser Simon Powlson reported on this golf event as follows:

"We played Round 3 of the Roy Ward Golf yesterday at Hill Barn

Michael Carroll won with 36 points.

John Howard won nearest the pin.


I forgot to take any photos but there were only 6 of us!


Next and final match is at Worthing on 23 September. I think we have over a dozen with guests".




18 July 2019 - Club Golf at Goodwood 


Alan Jeffs reported that a good day was enjoyed by the 9 people in this photo - including Mikes son in law.


The next Club match at Hill Barn in Worthing on Thursday 15th August.


20 May 2019 - Local Area Inter Probus Club Annual Tournament


Alan Jeffs reports that Chanctonbury Probus golfers celebrated a double win at the annual inter-Probus clubs golf tournament held at the beautiful Ifield golf course in lovely weather on Monday 20th May.


Originally held just an individual friendly competition amongst members of Chanctonbury and South Downs Probus groups this has been expanded in the last few years to include a team competition open to all local Probus groups for men and women, including partners.


This year 4 teams and a total of 24 individuals competed.


Chanctonbury Probus pipped the other teams to regain the team trophy in fine style.


As well the individual trophy was lifted by John Howard (not for the first time). Simon Powlson and Mike Brett made up the winning team.


Numbers were down this year, mainly due to many of our golfing brethren taking holidays so consideration is being given to moving next year’s event to the month of August when golf courses are quieter and most senior citizens avoid the holiday rush.


As well more Probus groups will be encouraged to participate.


Chanctonbury Probus members participate in many sporting activities just for fun. As well as golf we turn our hand to ten pin bowling, and croquet, and even curling.


Two new members of our Probus Club have just taken up golfing and will, we hope, soon be participating in the monthly summer golf meetings.


4 February 2019


To prepare for 2019, Golf Co-ordinator Alan Jeffs held a meeting at his home to plan the details of the Club's activities for this year.






This Inter Local Probus Clubs golf day for 2018, was organised this year by the Billinghurst and District Probus Club at the Horsham Golf Club on Monday 4th June. 


6 local Probus Clubs were represented, and Golf Co-ordinator Alan Jeffs donated the "Chanctonbury Cup" to the winners.


To aid planning for 2018 Alan co-ordinated a meeting of members with an interest in golf on 5th February 2018 to agree the details and organisers of the internal golfing events that will lead to the presentation of the Chanctonbury Probus Club 'Roy Ward' and 'Doug Charles' trophies. 


The Club secretary emailed all active golfers in our Club with a set of notes on what is planned for this year. Details of the events are also shown on the 'Club Events' webpage. The Doug Charles Trophy competition will this year be held as a 9-hole competition for members (and wives/partners) to try to attract as many older golfers as possible.


If members would like more information on any of the above, please contact Alan.


This year's Roy Ward Trophy golf matches for Club Members were held in Sussex (not in France as in recent years) as a result, the Doug Charles Trophy competition was combined with the final Roy Ward match on Thursday 21st September 2017 at the Hill Barn Golf Course in Worthing.

There were four playing dates for the Roy Ward Trophy this year.

  • Thursday 18 May at Goodwood was organised by Ted Fisher - 8 members plus 1 spectator took part in this event (where unfortunately we all got wet in the final hour of the match!)
  • Friday 14 July at Horsham was organised by Alan Jeffs - 8 members took part and enjoyed a lovely day (see the photos webpage)
  • Thursday 17 August at Singing Hills was organised Mike Brett - 8 members and 2 spectators took part on a beautiful afternoon
  • Thursday 21 September at Hill Barn was organiser Simon Powlson - 5 players and 1 spectator completed this final golf match in 2017. After this event the golfers enjoyed lunch when Francis Midmer gave a short speech about the history of the Chanctonbury Probus Club's golf competitions before presenting the prizes as follows:-


Roy Ward Trophy:  Overall Winner - John Howard; 2nd Simon Powlson;  3rd Arthur French

Doug Charles Trophy:  Winner - Alan Jeffs;  Equal 2nd Arthur French & Simon Powlson





Report from Mike Brett

The Club golfers took to the hills on 15 June 2017 by competing in the Alistair McKenzie Trophy Competition. Superbly set up by John Keayes, a field of 28 players from 6 local Probus Clubs (Arundel, Billingshurst, Chanctonbury, South Downs, Steyning and West Chiltington) strived to make the cut as the stiff breeze of the Hill Barn course at Worthing sought to take control of the ball. A gift of an ice cream was on offer at the halfway point thanks to the generosity of our own Alan Jeffs! Was this a plot to gain some advantage?


Prizes for nearest the pin on the 5th and 11th holes and the longest drive on the 9th, were at stake as well as the ultimate accolade of “Inter Probus Golfer 2017” to add to your CV!


The results were as follows.

Nearest the pin on 5th was Howard True of Billingshurst.

The longest drive on the 9th was taken by our own John Howard.

Nearest the pin on the 11th was by John Isaacs from South Downs.


The overall winner of the Competition with 38 points and now holder of the 'Alistair McKenzie Trophy' is Chanctonbury Club's Hugh McLeod. His victory was a narrow one, winning on countback by scoring 18 points on the back 9 holes as opposed to the 17 points scored by Tony Dell of South Downs.  John Howard finished a creditable third on 34 points. See above photo of Chairman Rob Golding presenting Hugh McLeod with the 'Alistair McKenzie Trophy' at the July 2017 Club Lunch Meeting


Mike Brett the Competition Manager for the day, in the unavoidable absence of John Keayes, presented a special prize to Cliff Mansell from Steyning who played the 18 holes in 4 hours at the age of 85!!


The day was rounded of with a meal of scampi and chips at the Club and concluded by Mike thanking all those who took part and asking that the other Clubs consider hosting the event in the future.


A final footnote - Alistair McKenzie was a founder member of our Club, a keen golfer, his family presented the trophy to the Club in his memory.


21 September 2017 


Scorer & spectator Derek Hiscoke stands alongside competitors Laki Marangos, Alan Jeffs, Simon Powlson, Hugh McLeod and Arthur French at Hill Barn GC for the final Club golf match of 2017.


17 August 2017 -


A beautiful day on a beautiful golf course at Singing Hills near Henfield for the third of this year's events for the Roy Ward Trophy.

14 July 2017 -


Laki Marangos, John Keayes, Paul Hayward, Mike Brett, Simon Powlson, Arthur French, Hugh McLeod and Alan Jeffs took part in the second Roy Ward Trophy 2017 golf day at Horsham Oaks GC - the best score was by Laki.

13 October 2016 - 


The 2016 match for the "Doug Charles Trophy" was held in lovely Autumn weather - players included Mike Brett, Ted Fisher, Paul Hayward, John Howard, Alan Jeffs. John Keayes, Hugh McLeod and David Thatcher. Derek Hiscoke was a non-playing spectator, and the Trophy was won by Alan for the first time.


This photo shows Paul, David and John Howard all in the same bunker at one stage! For some of us the lunch was better than the golf!

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