ENMORE Park Golf Club may have been closed for several months this year, but members found plenty to do during the coronavirus lockdown, writes Richard Walsh.

For those members who are working on the frontline, work for them is very different; in emergency operating theatres everyone wears full Personal Protective Equipment.

One of the Enmore ladies works in emergency operating theatres at Musgrove Park Hospital, and she is very appreciative of the work that other members of the club are doing to support the NHS.

Some members, now retired from the NHS, wanted to support their ex-colleagues and have returned to the COVID-19 register.

Thankfully their services have not been required as of yet, due to the relatively low number of cases in the South West at present.

When golf was no longer an option, Linda Anniss wanted to pursue her other main interest - sewing - in a constructive way to help others.

She joined a Facebook group called Taunton Scrubbers, which now has more than 700 members.

Based in Taunton, their mission was to supply hospitals, health centres and care homes with scrubs, hats and bags to put dirty scrubs into ready for the wash, wherever they were needed around the local area.

Anniss said: “It has been great fun making scrubs in all colours and patterns, using unwanted bed linen, duvet covers and pillowcases.”

Julia Wyatt, also a member at Enmore, hasn’t used her old sewing machine for years but felt she just wanted to do something to help, and really enjoyed the challenge so is now making scrubs and scrub bags.

Following a family bereavement from COVID-19, Madge Wakefield was touched by the reality of how the virus has affected our daily lives.

She has also been busy making face masks with filters, which have then been sent to care workers on the frontline of the pandemic.

The Enmore Park Golf Club board members are also doing their bit, and through England Golf have purchased NHS flags which will be flown at the golf course and used on the 18th green.

They are also embracing technology to ensure they are following national guidance and are holding all board meetings via the Zoom video conferencing software.

Other members are also doing their bit. Unable to work as a driving instructor, Ben Filler (chairman of the Enmore Park competitions committee), is offering his services to members and the local community by picking up shopping and collecting prescriptions.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before even more members are back on the golf course, taking account of the guidance recently published by England Golf - Play Safe, Stay Safe.

Enmore Park Golf Club wishes to thank all NHS frontline workers by offering a weekly 4Ball golf voucher for two months as soon as the course is open to visitors.

To take advantage of this offer, phone the Pro Shop 01278 672100 Opt 3 and indicate who you are to book a round, then present your NHS work badge when you sign in at the Pro Shop.