Lectures are held at the Methodist Church in Kingsbridge and on Zoom at 2:30pm normally on the last Wednesday of each month. They last for 1 - 1½ hours including a question and answer session at the end.
Kings and Queens of Clubs, the History of the Royal and Ancient Game of Golf
Robert Gowland      Wed 23rd November 2011
  The November KEDFAS lecture on The Royal and Ancient Game of Golf was given by Bob Gowland, a former Chairman of Bonhams and experienced auctioneer in golf ephemera. He showed numerous examples of paintings and drawings featuring golf-like activities dating back many centuries. James IV of Scotland’s household accounts contain references to money spent on clubs and balls in 1503 and in 1568 Mary Queen of Scots caused a scandal by playing a golf-type game immediately after the death of her husband Lord Darnley. Many a golf ‘widow’ in the audience nodded knowingly.
Even earlier than this, the Venerable Bede illustrated Cuthbert playing a game similar to golf called Bandy, which is still played in Scandinavia. The Shinty and Hurling games played in Scotland and Ireland today are derived from this and remain very popular. Bob showed examples of 16thC paintings with a game looking like golf, called colf, played in the frozen landscapes of the Low Countries but this died out by the end of the 17thC when golf proper began to flourish. William IV made the game ‘Royal’ with the St Andrews Royal and Ancient Golf Club, still the epitome of golfing aristocracy around the world.
The lectures for 2012 start with “Britain at War: 1939-1945 as seen through artists’ eyes” by Dr Anthony Kelly on Wednesday 25th January at 7.30pm and Thursday 26th at 10.30am. They are held at The Kings Arms in Kingsbridge and visiting guests are most welcome. Refreshments are served before and after lectures. Please contact the Secretary for further details.