Mrs A E Halliday

In today's uncertain employment market, the days of long serving employees are now nearly non­existent. During its first one hundred years, however, Newark Golf Club was very fortu­nate to have had the loyal services of two such employees. Between them, they gave over 50 years to the Golf Club. In 1900, even before the club had been officially founded, Mrs Halliday was engaged as the Stewardess. She was to remain in the club's employment for the next 25 years. By the time she retired Leslie Bakin had joined the greenstaff and he too was to give the Club 25 years service. More about Les in Chapter 15. Annie Elizabeth Halliday, to give her full name, was born in nearby Derbyshire in 1864, and was 28-years-old when she came to live in Newark with her husband in 1892. Her husband was a serving regular soldier in the Notts and Derbys Regiment holding the rank of Sergeant-Major.

Annie and her husband built the house known as Sherwood Lodge on Boundary Road, in Newark. As things turned out, it was not too far from the soon to be opened Golf Club on nearby Hawton Road

When in 1900 the news came through of her husband's death while fighting in the Boer War in South Africa. With the death of her husband, Mrs Halliday was forced to seek employment. As luck would have it, a steward was being sought in readiness for the opening of the new golf course. Mrs Halliday applied for the post and was accepted.

For the next 25 years, Mrs Halliday looked after the members and the caddies as though they were her own family and always had a cheerful word for them. She decided to retire at the age of 61, and to mark the occasion, the members presented her with a handsomely inscribed album containing the names of 97 subscribers.

At the beginning of the book in gold and blue copperplate writing are the suitably inscribed words: 'Presented to Mrs Halliday by the within named subscribers of the Newark Golf Club as a token of their appre­ciation of the faithful services rendered to the club during the past 25 years, March 1900 March 1925.'

With the album, Mrs Halliday was also presented with a cheque for £54, not very much by today's standards, but was then the equivalent of six months wages. Making the presentation to her that day in a very crowded clubhouse was Mr H D Cherry-Downes. This is part of what he said: "May I mention an instance of the way in which you are appre­ciated. A friend of mine frequently visits Newark not, in the language of Lord Haldane, because it is his spiritual home, but because he really has business here. As he has spare time on these occasions he invari­ably visits the links, and on the last occasion I asked him how he liked the course and whether he had enjoyed his game. His reply was: 'I don't go to the links for the golf I go there to chat with Mrs Halliday, as I find she is the pleasantest person to chat to in Newark'."

Mr Downes concluded his speech by saying that he could not esti­mate how much she had done for them. He asked her to accept the pre­sent as a mark of affection and expressed the hope that she would be spared many years to be the "Mother of the Newark Golf Club".

Sadly, Mrs Halliday did not have a long and happy retirement as she died on 9 September 1926 after a short illness at the age of just 62 years.

All competitions at the club were postponed from 9th to llth of September, while the Golf Club was closed on the day of her funeral as a mark of respect. Shortly after her death the Halliday Trophy was pre­sented in her memory by a member who wished to remain anonymous.