West Riding Blog

Griffin Golf Day plus SDC and WROCCA Trophy Competitions

The Griffin Golf Day 2016 officially started at 10.00 Wednesday 15th June at Bradley Park Golf Club, near Huddersfield. Most of the Griffins arrived earlier, to be sure they got their bacon sandwich.

The Griffin is an all-day event, so starts much earlier than the rest of the golfers, who are only playing in the afternoon for the SDC and WROCCA Trophies. Although an OCCA member, registering for the Griffin can also win the WROCCA Trophy.

From a historical perspective, both the Northern Sections SDC and the West Riding OCCA, (WROCCA) Golf competitions, organised by the respective organisations, preceded the Griffin.

The Griffin started in 1990 at Bradley Park and has run there ever since. The original Professional, who coached us, now retired, told me that we are the longest running event they have.

I’m not sure when the WROCCA Trophy and Griffin were combined, but earlier than when we amalgamated with the SDC. I know that was by 2009. Although all 3 competitions run together, the registration is split. The all-day Griffin with WROCCA and the half day with SDC. This can be confusing to some, but not so much as the European Union!

The Griffin was conceived for non-golfers and new golfers, who did not have the confidence to accept an invitation to one of the many company golf days still being held in the 80s and 90s.

For some years before the Griffin, there had been a growing embryonic group of non/poor golfers who had been encouraged to join the WROCCA Trophy played at Wetherby and were ‘shielded from the sight of the clubhouse’, by the proper golfers, until they’d made it off the first tee.

I was the 2nd pre-Griffin encouraged by Godfrey Alderson. Godfrey was our social secretary and organised the WROCCA Trophy. The year before there had been a lower number of participants and although Godfrey was a non-golfer, the other guys decided he should play. He was taken into the car park to the boots of a few cars and emerged with full kit!

The next year, 1987, I’d become vice chairman of West Riding and realised in a couple of years I would be presiding at the event.

I told Godfrey I would attend this one and when he asked for my handicap, I said I couldn’t play, as I’d never even pitched & putted.  He replied, “Would you like to have a go?”. So in 1987, there were 2 Pre-Griffins. I went round in 169, but had a great time!

By the time I was in the WROCCA Chair, we had 6 or more Pre-Griffins. So then the Griffin was conceived and run as a separate event. Many of the proper golfers also attended.

When the first winner would have won it again next year, in the spirit of encouraging newcomers, we decided that you could only win it once.

For many years now, the Griffin beginners golf day has encouraged people who went on to become ‘proper’ golfers. In a few years we had so many proper players and improved Griffins joining us, that to relieve pressure on the Driving range in the morning, some went out on the ’10 hole loop’ instead. By 1997, there was even a separate award for the ’10 hole loop’, the Beverley plate, awarded by Graham Beverley, our first ever Griffin winner.

One notable Griffin was Fred Morpeth, Manchester Section and one time OCCA President, who started to play golf with us. He could never win the Griffin Trophy, because he wasn’t a West Riding Member. Eventually, after we’d combined our 2 events, he came in with a top score of 36 points, and technically couldn’t win the West Riding Trophy for the same reason. This seemed very unjust. Fred was a Griffin come good!

We had a quick huddle, other top scorers had already won it. We awarded Fred the Trophy and henceforth any OCCA member could win it.

I am reliably informed that this was one of Fred’s happiest moments and from a man who was nicknamed ‘Lord Surfex’ for the incredible dedication he had to that, that was no mean endorsement to our humble Griffin.

The Griffin, morning session, starts with welcoming coffee and bacon sandwich, then professional tuition and practice on the driving range. Then a soup and sandwich lunch, when the Griffins are tutored in the mysteries of the golf score card and Stableford scoring. The Griffins then play 18 holes, with everyone else, all competing for their respective Trophies, the Griffin, SDC & WROCCA.

Griffin Trophy – awarded to the highest scoring non-handicap competing Griffin, who has not won it before.

WROCCA Trophy – awarded to the highest scoring competing OCCA member.

SDC Trophy – awarded to the highest scoring player, booking with the SDC.

The SDC also award additional prizes, to qualifying players. Griffins are not eligible.

So to the Winners for 2016, scored Full Handicap Stableford

SDC Adrian Abel Trophy – Paul Ravenscoft – 43 points

Runners up – Jason Sullivan & Alex Foster, both on 30 points

Nearest the Pin – Steve Oldham

Longest Drive – Jon Rymer

West Riding OCCA Chairman’s Golf Trophy – Phil Christie – 34 Points

Runners up Jim Bury – 28 points, Jon Rymer – 26 points

Griffin Trophy – Matt Brooks – 22 points

2 other Griffins, who were eligible to win the trophy, didn’t complete, so;

Runner up – First timer Derek Johnson

Weather had been forecast rain, but although it did shower, bad & windy weather held off. Some sun occasionally drying us out.

So as Godfrey said, those many years ago, “Would you like to have a go?”

Are you a beginner, or have never played before?

Come along and initiate, or develop, your golfing potential in a friendly, no pressure, environment.

The experienced Golfers will be glad to help you.

Rob Lewis

 

AGM 2015

Minutes of the 62nd Annual General Meeting held at 18.30 on Monday 13th April 2015 at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.

Present; Steve Wood (Chair), Sandy Gunn, Jonathan Bunce, Rob Lewis , Steve Birkett and Algy Kazlauciunas

Meeting commenced – 6.42pm.

1 Apologies for Absence.

Richard Booker  and Mike Cochrane.

2 Minutes of the 61st AGM

These were taken as read.

3 Matters arising from the minutes

None

4 Chairman’s review

The review was read out by the chairman. Acceptance was proposed by RL and seconded by SB and carried unanimously.

5 Committee Report

A brief summary was read out by the secretary.

6 Treasurer’s Report

SG confirmed that the new Yorkshire bank account was set up and ready to go.

This was read by SG. Acceptance was proposed by SW and seconded by JB and agreed unanimously.

Surplus of £1115 on the year.

SG suggested that we use Eventbrite for Aspects.

JB to send Invoice to Rakem to pay Organik Kimya Winter ball bill.

7 Election of Officers.

Offices elected on block:-

Chairman. – Steve Wood –

Treasurer. Sandy Gunn

Publication: Algy K

Secretary – Jonathan Bunce

All above approved by the committee.

8.Election of Committee members:- None

Removed from the committee – Russell Hird, Tim Norris & Helen Barker.

9 Any other business.

The committee commented  that they are trying to be innovative but we need to know our members and how many members we have,  the membership data base is not updated, who is in charge of this data base?

11 Any other matters

There were no other matters arising and the meeting finished at 7.13pm.

 

Continuing the very popular West Riding  Forum technical lectures.

In this forum we will present application focused technical advice to inform and entertain those working in the surface coatings industries.

We have selected a range of companies working at the cutting edge of Rheology measurement and control that are keen to help you understand Aspects of Rheology – Application and Formulation

A number of presenters will discuss the value of measuring and controlling rheology, offering advice on the suitability of several different forms of rheology modifiers. This Forum has something for everybody who has an interest in Formulation, from large producers, to small Industrial paints manufacturers and the companies that support them. This concentrated form of lecture programme will have many advantages to members and companies, Wednesday 28th October 2015, starting 1.00pm – 5.45pm, followed by buffet.

As attendance is restricted we recommend that you Register as soon as possible.  We expect good support from OCCA, and non-members.

PPG
Security Gate entrance
Bradford Road
Birstall Batley
West Yorkshire
WF17 9NS

12.00-12.30 – Check-in and safety induction at Security gate, (WF17 9NS). Then escort transfer to the Training and Visitor Centre 10-15 minute walk, if weather is fine.

13.00-17.45 – Technical Presentations, followed by buffet.

Prices: Members (OCCA) £26, Student/Retired Members: Free, Non-members £128

Earlybird deals until end of July and Table Top places for exhibitors are available 

DUE TO LIMITATIONS ON NUMBERS, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO BE ALLOWED ONTO PPG SITE. REGISTRATION CLOSES FOR THIS EVENT BY 26th OCTOBER. THERE WILL BE NO ENTRY ON THE DAY, SUBSTITUTIONS CAN BE MADE.

REGISTRATION LINK

Speakers:

Keynote Address, Professor Jim Guthrie, University of Leeds, “The importance of Rheology in coating formulation” Link

Steve Goodyer, Anton Paar Ltd, “Instrumentation and Measurement of Rheology” Link

Alan Guy, Safinah Ltd, “The Aspects of Rheology to consider for different application methods” Link

Harold Faber, Faber and Vanderende, “New Rheological additives for waterbased coatings compared to existing additives.” Link

Elementis, Udo Schonoff, Technical Service Manager “Novel high efficiency NISAT thickeners.” Link

Peter Lederhos, Evonik, “‘Thixing’ Rheology with Aerosil Fumed Silica” Link

Jeremy Green, Borica, “Developing Rheology in Aqueous Paints with Ti-Chelates” Link

Our next meeting:

Aspects of Resin Systems and Performance Coatings

15th October 2014

PPG Batley

In this forum we will present advice and technical support to inform and entertain those working in the surface coatings industries.

We have selected a range of companies working at the cutting edge of  that are keen to help you understand Aspects of Resin Systems and Performance Coatings.

This Forum has something for everybody who has an interest in Formulation, from large producers, to small Industrial paints manufacturers and the companies that support them. This concentrated form of lecture programme will have many advantages to members and companies, Wednesday 15th October 2014, starting 12.30pm – 5.45pm, followed by buffet.

As attendance is restricted we recommend that you Register as soon as possible.  We expect good support from OCCA, and non-members.

PPG
Security Gate entrance
Bradford Road
Birstall Batley
West Yorkshire
WF17 9NS

12-12.30 – Check-in and safety induction at Security gate, (WF17 9NS). Then escort transfer to the Training and Visitor Centre 7-8 minute walk, if weather fine.

OCCA members and their guests are cordially invited to attend the OCCA London Section’s December Technical Meeting, to be held at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA

Our Speakers will be:

Jelmer Henskens,   Marketing Leader & Sales Manager, Shamrock Technologies

Subject:                      PTFE Wax Mixology Effects in Coatings, Ink & Adhesive Formulations

and 

Anne Curinier,         European Technical Service Manager Additives, BASF, topic:

Subject:                      High Performance Dispersing Agents for Phthalocyanine Pigments in Solvent Based Applications
Venue:                       The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA

Details:                       Wednesday December 4th
Arrival:                       6-00pm, for a 6-30pm Start
Formal Close:            8-00 pm, for buffet and drinks
Departure:                 9-00 pm

Cost: there will be a charge of £15 per person, to contribute towards the cost of the buffet and drinks, to be paid no later than Wed. 27th November, please.

Payments to be made to OCCA London Section for bank payment details

Please contact Jeff Kelsey               
Any other queries to Peter Collins at:   

OCCA Dinner Dance

The OCCA Dinner Dance will be held on Friday 29th November 2013 at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate Tel:  01423 500055.The Old Swan Hotel is one of Harrogate’s most notable hotels with great character and is situated close to the town centre and Exhibition Complex. It has recently been completely renovated and updated.

The reception will commence at 6.30pm for dinner at 7.15 pm, followed by dancing to Audio Events until 1.30 am.

Tables of 8 or 10 can be booked for companies along with longs for any number. Individuals are also accommodated at our friendly general tables.  Please indicate any special seating requirements and every endeavor will be made to comply with your wishes.  Place cards, menus and wine lists will be supplied with your tickets.  Please supply a guest list for the hotel information board.

Accommodation is available at the special rate of £110 bed and breakfast per room. Please book direct with the hotel mentioning OCCA.

The ticket charge will be £51.00 inclusive of VAT.  Cheques should be made payable to “Oil & Colour Chemists’ Association – West Riding Section”.

Dress will be formal

Register via Dinner Dance

Meet the R&D Funders‘ Workshop – 17th September, Sheffield Export to Your Calendar

17/09/2013

When: 9.30am for 10am start
10:00 am until 4:00pm
Where: Map this event »
Mappin Hall
University of Sheffield, Mappin Building,
Mappin Street,
Sheffield, Yorkshire  S1 3JD
United Kingdom
Contact: Tracey Ashmore
tracey@rapra.org
Phone: 01952 288365

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