President: Pat Roper

Pat and his wife Jackie moved to Cheshire in 1997 and both joined the club that year. Due to the pressure of work he didn’t play regularly until retirement in 2012 after working in the chemical industry for 37 years. He began to play more after retirement and decided to rejoin the club when his wife Jackie was Lady Captain in 2012, becoming Captain himself in 2016. He now plays off a respectable 20 handicap (some would say a bit of a bandit!). 

Since 2015 Pat has run an annual Charity CUPS day at Portal, inviting chemical companies to play in the event which makes a substantial amount each year for the Captains’ charities. 

He is passionate about the Club and wishes to support the Captains in any way he can, especially increasing social events, on and off the course. Pat is very impressed with the quality of the Captains at Portal and will do all he can to support them in the coming years.

Captain 2020 - Simon Harper



Simon lives in Tarporley and has been associated with Portal Golf Club for the last 16 years, having served on the competitions committee for the last 3 years.

He works in the dairy industry and has a passion for dairy cattle and the fine dairy products we produce in the UK.

"Its a great honour to be club captain for 2020 and I look forward to ensuring members and guests have a great experience both on and off the course".

Lady Captain 2020 - Dorothy Edwards



Dot began playing golf at West Ruislip, London, where she was given a handicap of 36*P (showing her age!). Whilst there she worked with the handicaps team, making sure handicaps were correct the old fashioned paper way, which was very interesting and very time consuming.

Since joining Portal in 2003, Dot has contributed to the club in many ways; as press agent, assistant competitions, running daily mail foursomes and business ladies matches.

“We look forward to raising funds for our chosen charity, the Wingate center, to enable children to have holidays and create happy memories for themselves”.

Captains' Charity

This year both Captain's have come together to jointly support The Wingate Centre

The Wingate Special Children’s Trust is a disability charity for children and young people based in Wrenbury, near Nantwich, Cheshire.  

We offer accommodation and welcome visitors from specialist schools, primary schools and voluntary and support organisations from across the UK.  

Our accommodation is suitable for groups of 8-40.  We have 22 light and airy twin-bedded rooms and all the specialist bathrooms and equipment that you need, including profile beds.  We offer full board.  We also have a sensory room which is a calming yet stimulating atmosphere to help develop the senses and is well loved by the people that use it.  

We have a Gymnasium which provides fun fitness for all abilities through a variety of sport and recreational activities which help improve core skills such as balance, co-ordination and communication.  Our experienced and friendly gym coaches offer tailored exercise sessions, rebound therapy, 1-2-1 sessions, group sessions, and an after school sports club.  We also offer dance and drama workshops, arts and crafts and we have a forest school.

We also have a café which is open to the public Monday to Thursday and is all home cooked produce.  This is a new venture for us and so far is proving to be really popular.  We also have a recreation hall known as the Rieber Hall which is an ideal space for crafts, parties, dance and drama or fitness classes.  It has a light and sound system, large screen for DVD and Wi-Fi, musical instruments, table football, pool and table tennis table and a specially equipped kitchen.  

We are very lucky and have 3 acres of safe and secure gardens to explore and play in including an adventure playground, wheelchair roundabout, sensory trail and a picnic area.  

We raise/need £300,000 a year and have no Government funding.   

For further information please look at our website www.thewingatecentre.co.uk or email sarah@thewingate.co.uk

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