Surrey National Golf Club, Chaldon set the scene for a sparkling reception when it played host to the 3rd Ron Noades Annual Memorial Dinner, on Friday 9th September 2016.

This year’s event was held in support of The Motor Neurone Disease Association and remembered Ron’s good friend, Ronnie Corbett, a member at The Addington, a sister course to Surrey National. Ronnie sadly died from the disease earlier this year.

Hosted by Ron Noades’ widow, Novello, (in red in the above photo), the event was a huge success, receiving fantastic support from Ron & Novello’s friends and celebrities including Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni, ex-Olympian Jamie Baulch, Costa Coffee founder Yolanda Costa, Ingrid Tarrant, David ‘Kid’ Jensen (MC for the evening), Nichola Hill former Bucks Fizz manager, ex-footballer Mark Bright and music producer Lisa Voice among them. Ronnie Corbett’s widow, Anne and the couple’s two daughters, Sophie and Emma, also attended the evening with Ronnie and Anne’s grandchildren.

Arriving to a Prosecco Bar, guests were then led into the main reception for a sumptuous dinner with games, a raffle, auction & table entertainment!

Such was the overwhelming support for the event that a silent auction was held in addition to the live auction on the night! Led by David Jenson and supported by Novello and her daughter Kels, the live auction featured many interesting and exclusive ‘money can’t buy’ prizes, including a training session with Julian Speroni, a West Ham boardroom experience donated by David Gold, West Ham Co-Chair and a rare opportunity to join Sir Cliff Richard at a private dinner party hosted by Novello in Barbados – the latter won by a successful bid from Ronnie Corbett’s family!

Guests were kept entertained throughout the evening with close-up magic from celebrity illusionist and magician David Redfearn, before dancing into the early hours to music from Tony Andrews’ disco.

Host Novello Noades said of the event “Every year I am overwhelmed at the tremendous level of support we receive; we have some very generous friends and supporters. This year I am thrilled that, together, we have raised over £15,000 – a significant increase on last year – for The Motor Neurone Disease Association”.


Photo by David Redfearn