History of the Orba Warblers Golfing Society Founded 1995
The origins of the Orba Warblers Golf Society lay, to some extent, in the Island of Jersey. When Bert & Brenda Cook decided to retire and move from the Island to the Costa Blanca, they were both given sets of golf clubs as leaving presents.
After they arrived in Spain in 1995, they met, some like minded individuals through their membership of the recently formed Careline Theatre Group, on New Years Eve of that year, in the Cheers bar Orba, the Warblers were born. There were seven original members, one of whom, Bill Parsons plays to this day. So why the name Orbawarblers? Well Orba was the place where the Society was formed and the original magnificent seven liked their Karaoke and fancying themselves as singers, hence the word “Warbler”.
It was quite difficult to find somewhere to play in 1996 but it did coincide with the opening of Oliva Nova golf, and the Warblers were the first Society to play the then, new nine hole course.
From small beginnings as a fun society, the Warblers has now grown to a membership of 75, with today, perhaps a greater emphasis on the golf, although social events still play an important part in their annual calendar.
All the work of running the Society was undertaken by Brenda with Bert’s assistance, until after several years, the amount of work became too much for one person. We now have a working committee of seven, chaired by a Captain, all of whom are elected by the membership.
Bert and Brenda were elected Life Members in acknowledgement of their contribution to the Society since its formation.