Lady Verulam, patron to the Foundation, has kindly donated one of her recent works of art. The picture shows the hands of the winning team on the Ryder Cup, it is one of a limited edition of two. The picture will be auctioned at a future fund raising event. The Foundation is very grateful for her generosity. .
It was announced on the 18 December at a press conference in London given by the World Golf Hall of Fame that Colin Montgomerie, patron of The Foundation and former European Ryder Cup captain in 2010, will be inducted into The Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to golf. The ceremony will take place on May 6th 2013 at The World Golf Hall of Fame Florida USA.
Our heartfelt congratulations go to Colin for this amazing achievement.
Stratford upon Avon Golf Club historian Hugh Begg and secretary Craig Hughes in front of the painting of Samuel.
Trustees of the Foundation recently visited the Stratford upon Avon Golf Club. Samuel Ryder was both captain and vice president in 1929. In memory of Samuel the club has a Ryder room, which features a full length painting of Samuel along with other items of golfing memorabilia. We were met by the secretary and the club historian who made us feel very welcome. A wide ranging discussion took place which explored how the club and The Foundation can assist each other. We look forward to a mutually rewarding relationship.
Scotsdale Collection, who market a range of golfing holidays in the USA, are offering the UK Ryder Tour golfing holiday in July 2013, including play at Wentworth, The Belfry and the The Grove, and a walk around the Ryder trail in St Albans. Further details:
When Peter Wallace, a Sheffield resident and business man, decided to remove an air-raid shelter that had been in the basement of his home since the second world war, little did he know what he was getting into.
The shelter was protected on all sides with sand filled sacks, which had to be removed one by one. With the exception of one they all disintegrated. The survivor was a seed sack bearing the name Ryder & Son St Albans. The Ryder range of products were renowned for quality, this obviously extended all the way to the humble sacks which carried the seeds!
Many would have thrown the sack out at this point but Peter wanted to know more. He searched the web for Ryder & Son to see if the company still existed. On finding that it did not Peter continued his search and found The Samuel Ryder Foundation.
He made contact and, even though it is only a sack he appreciated our excitement. He donated the sack to the SRF.
Peter wanted to know more about the history and the aims and objectives of the SRF and met two of the trustees to hand over the sack
Peter's company Hygienic Plastics Ltd based in Sheffield became our latest business supporter.
Trustees Dave Holwell and Pat Fulton fulfil a lifetime ambition!
St Albans Verulamium Museum hosted the official opening of The Ryder Cup Heritage Exhibition. The golden Ryder Cup glistened on its stand and many lucky citizens were able to have a photo taken with it. This honour is usually reserved for the winning team of the Ryder Cup matches, one of the world's greatest sporting events.
The exhibition charts the history of the cup given by Samuel Ryder and first played for in 1927 at Worcester Mass. USA, with many photos and items of memorabilia.
The PGA brought the exhibition to St Albans, working along with the St Albans Council and museum service. Previously it has only been on show at the Celtic Manor for the 2010 Ryder Cup.
David Wright, PGA's heritage curator was keen for the exhibition to start off the road trail in St Albans, where Samuel Ryder spent all his working life building up his seed business and finding time to become a Mayor and Magistrate, his philanthropy extended to many avenues around St Albans.
Those present were members of the PGA, Ryder Cup Europe, St Albans District Council, The Samuel Ryder Foundation and other invited guests.
Also attending were members of Verulam golf club, where Samuel Ryder was three times Captain. The club are very proud of the man who did so much for them through his generosity.
The Mayor Aislinn Lee gave a speech praising Samuel Ryder as a citizen, businessman, model employer and sportsman.
Sandy Jones CEO of the PGA spoke about the reasons behind the decision to bring this important exhibition to St Albans and why the city should be the first in line to host it.
Trustees of the Samuel Ryder Foundation were lucky enough to have a photo taken with the cup!
The exhibition will be at the museum until June 28th. On leaving St Albans the exhibition will embark upon a journey which will take it around the UK, arriving at Gleneagles for the 2014 match.
This is a must for anyone interested in the history of St Albans and golf!