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1.   Name
The name of the society shall be the London Stationers Golfing Society

2.   Aims
The aim of the society shall be to provide meetings for the members to participate in competition and any other related activities requested by the members.
A fee will be payable for every meeting attended and guests may be invited where circumstances allow.

3.   Membership     
Membership shall be open to any person who is recommended by an existing member.

4.  Subscription
An annual subscription shall be payable at a rate decided by a vote of members at the Annual General Meeting.

5.  Annual General Meeting
After play at the first meeting of each year an Annual General Meeting shall be held, chaired by the Captain, at which a Committee shall be elected and any business conducted. A motion will be deemed to be passed if at least 60% of those present and voting approve. The Secretary shall minute the proceedings.

6.  Committee
The Committee shall comprise the Captain, Vice-Captain, Immediate Past Captain, the President, the Treasurer and the Secretary, who  (apart from the President) shall be elected annually and conduct the day-to-day running of the Society. Additional members may be co-opted from time to time if deemed necessary. Three shall constitute a quorum and all positions shall be honorary.   

7.  President 
In recognition of past service to the Society members may, at the Annual General Meeting, elect a member to the honorary position of President of the Society. Such person shall serve until he or she retires from the Society.   

8.   Trophies
Winners of any of the Society trophies undertake to exercise proper care while in their possession, ensure they are adequately insured against loss or damage and arrange for suitable engraving of their name before returning for re-presentation.

9. Handicaps
Subject to any changes voted for at an Annual General Meeting and with the introduction in 2020 of the new World Handicapping System, members shall play from their current club handicap which will be adjusted according to the Slope Rating of every course played giving the Course Handicap which is then multiplied by 0.95% to give the Playing Handicap showing the number of strokes received in our competitions.

Presently there is no handicap limit.

The winner and runner up of any singles competition shall have their handicap reduced by two strokes and one stroke respectively which will expire on the anniversary and apply to all other competition formats. Members and guests shall always play from the lower if they have two handicaps.







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Founded in early October 1934 at the offices of the Stationers' Association by nine distinguished members of the trade including one Lancelot Spicer, the inaugural meeting was held at Grimsdyke Golf Club on the 24th of the same month.

Growth was steady up to the Second World War. Iconic names like Cave, Rowney, Stephens, Ryman, Straker and Tollit became members. The final pre-war meeting was held at Moor Park in May 1940 and the first after the war was at Tandridge in May 1946.

The forties through to the mid seventies saw gradual progress when three meetings each year were played as medals and foursomes plus matches against other regional stationery societies and the Publishers. During this period many of the trophies played for today were introduced.

The decade of the eighties saw the Society reach its zenith. The trade was then flourishing and sponsorship appeared, pioneered by Richard Broderick of Tipp-Ex. Attendances increased quite markedly as many members invited guests so that turn-outs of forty or more became normal. Many different courses were visited by which time meetings consisted of 36 holes comprising 18 holes each Greensomes and a singles Stableford – the medal rounds had been discontinued in the interests of speed and enjoyment.

A new trophy was founded in 1981, the Captain's Salver, and a specific meeting for this was introduced starting at Buckingham when 43 attended. This meeting developed so much that in 1988 it became the captain's 3-day outing with Richard Broderick taking us off to Le Touquet. The following year it was at Gleneagles and since then we have been back to France on five further occasions, Wales twice and Belgium, Portugal and Scotland again, once. All the others ranged in England from the Lake District, to Devon, to Bournemouth and to Suffolk. Most well attended with events laid on for non-golfing spouses.

New ground was broken in 2007 when our first Lady Captain was elected, Judith Smith. She joined a trio of family incumbents (Eric was captain in 1991 and 2017) including Geoff and John Young and Tony & Chris Phillips.

In the late nineties with the contraction of the industry attendances started to come down to an average of 30 or so – a trend reflected in most other societies (and golf clubs) as well as our own. Indeed the London Stationers has fared pretty well compared to other stationery societies as previous annual matches against other regions had to be cancelled as opponents were unable to field teams or had disbanded. Indeed, despite the reduced numbers the fixture list was extended in 2009 when a fifth meeting was introduced to be played in October as an invitation event and this has proved more popular than some of the regular ones. Over the years the format has evolved from the original 'strict' foursomes and a medal singles over 36 holes to the revised arrangement for 2019 of a welcoming snack, 18 hole singles Stableford starting in late morning and concluding with a two or three course lunch/dinner. This arrangement is designed to overcome the increasing traffic problems in early morning and provides an earlier return for home where many members have long distances to travel. There are always plenty of prizes to be won. We have been fortunate that from 2018 we have managed to obtain individual sponsorship by members which covers the prizes. Guests are warmly welcomed and over the years many have said how much they enjoy the conviviality of the meetings and gone on to join themselves.

The future is uncertain but the committee are always looking for ways to boost attendances and we are hopeful that, having enjoyed milestone 25, 50 and 75 year jubilees, the society may achieve, with admittedly 12 years to go, our centenary!