Mary Poppins tees off at Leighton

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A mother of two described as a “pocket rocket” for her action-packed life style has been installed as the new Ladies Captain of Leighton Buzzard golf club, teeing off dressed as Mary Poppins and surrounded by colleagues role-playing the cast from the silver-screen hit musical.

Angela Samuels was just three years old when the award winning Walt Disney fantasy starring Julie Andrews as a magical nanny hit the screens in 1964, but the theme was captured by Vice Captain Avril Simpson for the traditional drive-in ceremony to reflect Angela’s all action approach to life.

For Harpenden born Angela took up Scottish dancing at the age of three and went on to compete at national level, cycled four miles to school every day, took up gymnastics, long distance running, netball, hockey and rounders.

And after marrying banker husband Richard and raising a son and daughter Angela went on to be a teaching assistant at Mentmore Road playgroup for 13 years before taking up golf.

A member of Leighton’s Plantation Road club for 29 years, Angela has won many trophies over the years, including the family foursomes competition five times with Richard, Australia bound daughter Rebecca and son Gavin, who became a golf professional four years ago.

Vice Captain Avril told club members at the drive-in: “The Mary Poppins theme is very fitting for Angela because if there’s a job that needs to be done, Angela is on the case. She’s our Pocket Rocket.”

The golf competition following the drive-in was won by Margaret Browning with 35 points, one clear of joint runners-up Jackie Phelps and Debbie Pollard-Barns.

During her year in office, Angela will be supporting research into Rhumatoid arthritis from which several of her family members suffer.

The doors open at 10am, with the £2.50 admission fee including tea/coffee and mince pies as visitors kick-start their Christmas shopping from a range of stalls selling cakes, books, hand-made cards, preserves, gifts, jewellery and handbags.

Lila Garrod has won an award for the most improved Leighton Ladies golfer, while the ever-improving Freya Daniels has been named as the player with the biggest handicap reduction in a year in which she won County and National Schools honours.

Leighton golfer Matt Hill was presented with his County Cap by the President of the Bedfordshire Golf Union which held its annual dinner at the Leighton club attended by 120 guests from most of the other 22 clubs in the County.

Leighton’s David Hawkins takes over as President of the Beds Union next February.

Club Captain Steve Leng raised a further £1,500 for Keech Cottage at a cabaret evening and a Charity golf day won by Steve Shepherd, David Newby, Nick Clarke and Roger Guyver, with Mike and Alex Smith, Jack Crosby and Ed Stephenson runners-up.

There were nearest the pin awards for David Whittaker, Tony Russell, Danny Nairne, Paul Atkinson and George Sadowski with Jamie Stone winning the longest drive.