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Girton Scoreboard - January 2014

Each month Girton Parish News reports results, achievements and events of the village sporting clubs, and features news of our various physical recreational groups and classes.

(formerly Aerobics)

This January we are celebrating two years of aerobics in Girton. We started out in the WI Hall and, following the closure of the hall, were fortunate enough to secure a timeslot in the Pavilion. While it was sad to bid farewell to a bit of local history, we are enjoying the benefits of the large, comfortable and well-equipped Pavilion.

Along with the change of venue, the classes have also evolved to reflect the improvements in fitness made by the regular participants. Last year, we introduced the new class name, 'Bodyblast', to reflect the change from a conventional aerobics class to a format which also incorporates cutting edge conditioning methods such as high intensity intervals, peripheral heart action and resistance training. This delivers a functional and flexible workout that challenges every fitness level. It's still a great way to party yourself into shape, and now it's even more effective!

Following a festively themed December workout plan, classes in January are based around setting ourselves up for the year ahead with an increased focus on using resistance to improve body shape, muscle strength, metabolic rate and bone health.

Classes are held every Tuesday 7-8pm in Girton Pavilion and cost £5 drop-in or £17 for four sessions. We are looking for new members of every fitness level - no previous experience is necessary! Please contact or visit for more details.

At our very well attended Annual Management Meeting on 8th November, the greatest debate was reserved for the course change that had led to the introduction of a pond on the long par 3 12th with the new hole opening in early 2014.

The good news was that the club membership has increased by 100 during the previous 12 months, bucking the trend of most golf clubs and emphasising Girton's position as a popular and friendly Cambridge course. Chris Cooke reported on the expanding and successful junior section which is going from strength to strength, as can be seen from their results and the permanent junior tees that now adorn the fairways. This is also thanks to great support from Ryan the Assistant Pro and Dave Upchurch.

Trevor Dean was confirmed as Club Captain for the coming year. There was also praise for the new Club Golf Professional Alan Fletcher and his assistant Ryan, who along with Alan's shop staff, have transformed the atmosphere at the club along with the newly enhanced practice area and indoor swing studio. The chef, catering and bar staff were also singled out for acclaim by the meeting.

The loudest ovation of the evening was for the news that the new club President for 2014 and 2015 was to be Maureen Mansfield, the first lady president of the club in its long history. Maureen is the County Junior Organiser for Cambs and Hunts Ladies' County Golf Association and was Girton Ladies' Captain in 1983. She has worked tirelessly for GGC for many years and in a number of roles and is affectionately known to many as the question master at the fortnightly GGC quiz nights.

At the Annual General Meeting of Girton Golf Club's Ladies' Section on 12th November, end of season presentations were made to Ruth Lawton, who won both the Handicap Cup for decreasing her handicap the most during the year, and the Golfer of the Year trophy. Sarah Peeke-Vout not only won the Scratch Cup for the second year running but was also runner-up for the Golfer of the Year and qualified for entry into the England Golf Regional Medal competition. Sue Hill was runner-up in the Scratch Trophy.

An England Golf Rose Spoon was presented to Pam Nicholson for returning the best score nationally in her handicap division in any September competition, 9 under her handicap. Pam also was runner-up in the Handicap Cup. Barbara Laman was elected Lady Captain for 2014 with Gillian L'Angellier as Lady Vice-Captain.

Girton Golf Club is still looking for additional 3,5 and 7 day members as well as actively recruiting juniors and is happy to welcome visitors, societies and corporate membership. Alan Henderson-Smith

As we welcome in 2014 it gives us an opportunity to bring changes into our lives making them fuller richer and healthier. Nothing is more important than our own health and well being, how many times have you made New Year resolutions and let them go by February???

Starting a new year gives us an ideal incentive to be fitter and healthier as we are past the festive season of over eating and drinking. Perhaps think of changes you would like to make to your lifestyle as little steps towards a healthier you. This could be as easy as giving yourself more 'me' time - many of us feel time poor due to the fast pace of our lifestyles, constantly juggling our life/work balance.

Pilates classes can offer an hour of gentle exercise to tone and strengthen your body and improve your posture. They are a perfect antidote for all ages and for all issues: from sedentary office work, looking after small children, those in retirement, to those who participate in high impact /performance sports. Why take a step forward to a healthier new you this January? Why Not!

Happy New Year to all clients past and present I wish you health and happiness for 2014.

Amanda Platt Pilates

The netballers continue to meet during the winter months as often as weather allows. We quickly warm up and peel off the layers, so do come along to training if you'd like to take part.

In spite of a number of our players being beset by injury (mainly not netball-related), enough of us made it to our November and December league matches to play. At the beginning of December, we were in 2nd place in the league, having had an easy win over 'All Sorts', which fills in for a team which dropped out. Our last match of the year is against the league leaders, who are unbeaten … so far.

We meet for training every Monday evening from 7:30-8:45pm and all women are very welcome, regardless of skill level or ability. There is a small charge to cover costs. Contact Pippa at or on 07887 828814 for more information. Find us as well at: and our Facebook page:

Girton Tennis Club hope you all had a good Xmas holiday. Seventeen of our members enjoyed an excellent pre-Xmas dinner at the Old Crown on Saturday 7th December and we would like to thank the staff for providing such a wonderful evening with great service and food. The drinks were also much appreciated!

Tennis is a great way to burn off a few of those extra calories and keeping fit so why not think about joining our club in 2014 if you are not already a member. Weather permitting, the adults will be playing through the winter on a Friday nights from 7.30 to 9.00pm and the courts have floodlighting to allow play to continue during hours of darkness.

Why not come down to the courts to see us or contact the Membership Secretary Kevin Keeves on 01223 276660 or email for more information.

Our web site provides other useful details such as current membership cost.

Girton Cricket Club are always keen to welcome new members of any age and ability. Indoor winter nets commence Sunday 3rd February 2014. If you are interested in playing please contact Paul Dawson (Secretary) on 07899 981117, or Kevin Roos (Treasurer) on 07970 973533.