IT’S ALL HAPPENING NEAR DUNSFOLD PARK!
WILDWOOD ON THE ROCKS?
The popular golf club on the Surrey/Sussex border with approved plans to build a £35 million pound hotel development and a multi-million pound PGA golf academy – is about to go into liquidation.
Club members, staff and suppliers are reeling from the shock that the club, which was sold to wealthy foreign buyers a few months ago, has run into serious financial difficulties. Some say by accident – others by design!
Staff, including groundsmen, catering and office staff have either been given notice to quit or have not been paid since before Christmas. Some have young families. Ground equipment has been re-possessed and food, drink and various other suppliers have not been paid. Weddings and events planned throughout the year have been cancelled – leaving couples angry and out-of-pocket.
Members of the club at Alfold Crossway are shocked and “ANGRY” that, despite repeated attempts to contact the owners for an explanation, they are being ignored.
Some are claiming back their golf memberships from their credit card providers, others are writing to the club’s Solicitors ABGM Solicitors 74 Brent Street, London NW4 2ES.020 8202 5060.
Former director Phil and Louise Harrison, and other family members who previously worked for the club, have left for a home in Spain, after telling the few staff that remained at the club – that it was – “all over.”
The couple from the North of England worked tirelessly over many years to keep the Wildwood Show on the road whilst investors/new owners were sought to carry through their ambitious plans to make Wildwood a mecca for golf. The PGA Junior golf academy was predicted to have plans to set up home there and Hilton Hotels was widely mentioned as the hotel operator.
Now it appears everything has crashed around the ears of the former directors, and there is complete silence from the new boys on the block! The Directors are listed below; one of whom has been banned from holding any company directorships!
Three local charities that held an event at the club last September have not received any of the monies raised – one of which – a children’s cancer charity – has brought in the police to investigate, what they are describing as a “disgusting fraud.”
Rachel Clunie the former events and marketing manager who was given instant notice without any explanation last December said to rob a children’s charity that fundraised for child cancer – was one of the most horrible things she could imagine. “These people are absolute filth, anyone that can rob babies and young children, without hair and ravaged by this awful disease and the accompannying aggressive treatment deserves to rot – and she claims, so far, her attempts to ‘Interest’ Guildford police have gone absolutely “nowhere.” She said – “they are simply not interested in local fraud.“
The other charities involved are the Retired Racehorse Association and Cranleigh Football Club. The Charity night raised many thousands of pounds from an Auction, and sponsorship the raffle alone raised in excess of £2,000.
Rumours running rife around the club members, predict the club will go into administration within days and then the site will be the subject of a planning application for many hundreds of houses!
The site on the A281 Horsham Road is just a stones throw from the 100 homes to be built in Loxwood Road, 465 homes now at Appeal by Thakeham Homes on the Care Ashore land at Springbok and a quarter of a mile from Dunsfold airfield – which has been earmarked for 2,600 homes, 1,800 of which have been granted permission by Waverley Planners and which has now been called in for a public inquiry by the Secretary of State.
The owners are not responding to any communications at the time this post was published.