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Peter Alliss after dinner speechLegend of the game of golf Peter Alliss royally entertained the players who competed in the Cobbett Statue Charity Golf Day with an after dinner speech held at Puttenham Golf Club on Thursday 5th May.

48 competitors played in the event which was staged to help raise money towards the £100,000 needed to complete a statue of William Cobbett.

William Cobbett was born in Farnham in 1763 and became a radical politician and the foremost political journalist of his age renowned for mercilessly exposing corruption in the highest of political offices

For many years, the distinguished sculptor, the late Sheila Mitchell (also born in Farnham) had regretted that there was no major public monument to Cobbett in the town of his birth.  She therefore completed a small bronze preliminary model showing Cobbett on his horse accompanied by his dog, which with modern technology can now be enlarged to full size and cast in bronze.

William Cobbett Golf Day Winners

The probable site is to be within the Churchill Homes development, at the corner of Downing Street and Longbridge Road, Farnham.

The winners of the event were the team from the Good Intent Pub Golf Society whose team members were Bill Bisset, Jon Bisset, Andy Frances & Gary Coveney with a score of 121 stabeford points.

95 people then attended the dinner in the evening where Peter Alliss gave an entertaining and amusing insight into his career as a player and broadcaster. The auction that followed helped to raise £6780 towards the fund.

William Cobbett StatueShould anyone want to donate to the fund then donations should be made out to The William Cobbett Statue Trust and sent to: 

The Treasurer, 5 Menin Way, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8DY.