Saturday 23rd January 2016

Havant Hockey Club are delighted that Alan Mak, the local MP for Havant, was able to attend our clubhouse today. He has been made an honorary member of Havant Hockey Club, and tells us that he looks forward to being able to play for Havant at some stage in the future.



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Sunday 6th September 2015
Hason, friendship in Golf 2015

On Sunday 06 September a group of 10 veterans took the ferry to Dunkerque at the start of our visit to Son.  On our arrival in the early evening we were entertained at the home of Baer and Karin Hanraets to a delicious buffet and an evening of general camaraderie and merriment!    Ansje Bergen and Margriet Nuijten welcomed us in song, whilst Germ Kemper, our golfing guru, filled us in on the competition for the next day, alluding with both words and actions to our ever ageing group, and the need for even more buggies this year!!  

Monday saw us gathering at Golfcourse Het Wold for our first game. We enjoyed coffee and cake and celebrated Ansje’s birthday with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday, before teeing off through wooded fairways, driving over heather, long rough and a fair amount of watery hazards!  The weather although damp to start with, improved, and we all made it back after 9 or 18 holes to enjoy a beer on the lovely terrace.  There was more fun and laughter at the evening meal with a fair few bevies included before we returned home with our hosts.

On Tuesday we spent the morning with our hosts before meeting up at De Sonse Haven for coffee and cake by the canal.  There followed a walk through the park and gardens in Son centre before we made our way to De Vressels Hut for an afternoon of nine, yes nine pin bowling!!  Great hilarity ensued and and an air of real competitiveness was punctured with oohs and aahs and lots of cheering!!.  The overall singles winner was Peter Davies who won a golden ball (chocolate)!  We spent another fun evening at the home of Jef and Margriet Nuijten.  Jef had assembled a pictorial reminder of all our past get togethers, 10 in all, and the TV screen was a great source of pleasure and special memories for us all.  We enjoyed an excellent supper prepared by a chef cooking our food to order in two massive Woks.  What fun, and the end of another great day with our friends.

Our final golf day on Wednesday was a nine hole round at Golfcourse De Schoot.  After an interesting drive through the countryside via motorway and alongside canals, we arrived at the golf club where we enjoyed coffee and delicious apple turnovers in the sun on the terrace overlooking the 9th hole. After an enjoyable round of golf, as on Monday, we ended the evening with an excellent dinner in the clubhouse.  As always there was much fun had by all, the highlights of the evening being the final ‘cabarets’ by both the Dutch and UK Hason divisions (Hason UK’s  act being orchestrated by Bill Jones) with presentations being made to the organisers from both Son and Havant and of course to all the winners of the golfing competitions.  Bill Jones,  who won the Hason Trophy last year presented it this year to Bill and Janni Guitink.  When Bill Guitink joined Havant in the early 1970’s, little did he know that this would be the start of a lasting friendship between the two clubs, so it was felt appropriate to give the trophy to them for safe keeping. This was indeed a special occasion as the organisers had agreed that whilst we would still remain friends and meet up from time to time in the future, this would be the last organised golfing event between us.  As Herm had said we were getting ever older and needed more buggies!!  However, no visit to Son would be complete without the final speech coming from Bill Guitink, and once again, he did not disappoint, and as always his wit and use of words captured his audience who gave him a standing ovation at the end.  A very appropriate way to end another meeting between the two clubs.

So farewells were made on Thursday morning at the home of Jef and Margriet before our group returned to Havant.  We have had many memorable gatherings of this golfing friendship over the course of the past 11 years and we are sure that although we shall no longer meet for organised golf either here or in Son, the friendship that has stood the test of time will last well into the future.

Hason UK - Organisers were Peter Taylor and John Davey joined on this occasion by Gillian Taylor, Mary Davey, Marcus and Lisa Blake, Jack and Jenny Davies, Bill Jones and Peter Davies.

Hason Dutch - Organisers were Asje Bergen and Margriet Nuiten joined on this occasion by Hans Bergen, Jef Nuijten, Annemarie and Kasper Eras, Janni and Bill Gutink, Karin and Baer Hanraets, Joy and Germ Kemper, Flip and Els van Buuren, Greejte Wuite, Joan and Willem Ligtvoet, Peter de Booj.



14th September 2015

At the recent 'committee outing', Dave Goodson and Irene were surprise guests. Dave responded with this letter to Bill.

Dear fellow member/guest

I would like to express my thanks for the welcome given to me and Irene at the committee function. The genuine affection you all showed towards me was truly touching and without any doubt has made a difference to my recovery. The hard work that many of you have put in over the years has made the club what it is today but we have all made this a club for people with a heart(no pun intended). Although I have not done much in the last few years I do think it is time for me to do some more for the club. I'm not sure what Bill has in mind for me but if I can do a job then I'll give it a go.

I look forward to seeing you at the club or pitch,though I'll find it strange not to be playing STICK WITH FRIENDS Dave Goodson


10th March 2015




25th February 2015

Havant Mixed vs Reigate Priory Mixed Match Report
The journey to Reigate Grammar School was straightforward for most of the team, however for James Mead, James Read and Georgie Poole, obeying the law and following diversions certainly didn't pay off as they arrived half an hour late due to the road being closed only a minute from the pitch!
Despite this everyone got there before 1330 and was ready to play hockey! Pushback was on time and Glyn Knaresborough sportingly hit the ball off the back of the Reigate end of the pitch (to be fair though, it wasn't on purpose) and Havant applied the pressure from the off! 
The game started with both teams trying to slide into the game and not wanting to be the first to concede, which made for a tense and cautious atmosphere. But this all changed at around 12 minutes when Reigate got thorough into the D and rounded Ready in goal only for a retreating James Mead to put in a large stick tackle and concede a penalty flick (bit harsh)! Luckily we we're let off the hook as the Reigate player put it wide of the left post, which in fairness Ready had covered! 
Havant then had a chance to take the lead when Reigate's heavy hands conceded a flick which Glyn Knaresborough took control of and, again put it wide of the left upright. At this point it seemed as if the game would be decided by a pretty dire penalty flick contest at the end of normal time! Until half time Havant played some nice hockey, controlling the middle of the pitch through great play from Duffy, Kim Tyrell and Georgie Poole. Reigate had a game plan, involving a prowling tiger up front, however she was kept at bay by the expert handling of Bondy and Harry. 
The second half started the same way as the first, with a hit over the Havant baseline. Again the early exchanges were cagey with both teams playing some nice hockey. Special mention goes to Ed Sinclair for his strong play against a lady determined to put him on the floor! 
But then all of a sudden the deadlock was broken. Simon Harris picked the ball up in the Reigate 25 and drove in towards the D. Once inside he let off a shot/cross/lost control of the ball and it ran into one of the defender's feet and trickled into the empty net left by the onrushing keeper. 1 nil Havant!
Simon was the scorer of the second goal merely a minute later as he picked the ball up on the halfway line and with some absolutely textbook passing with Georgie Poole, slid the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal (a textbook Glyn should probably read!) for 2 nil Havant! 
This all came as a bit of a shock to everyone, as did the award of a third penalty flick for a perfectly good tackle made by Harry Walter. Unfortunately Reigate managed to remember how to score flicks which brought the score back to 2-1.
Havant then restored their cushion as Duffy broke up a Reigate attack and ran the length of the pitch to present Katherine Arnott with a chance to slip the ball home. Minutes later Katherine's rasping slap shot cannoned off the underside of the bar and bounced out! The game had taken off and Reigate were upping their game but Havant were able to hold the ball in the Reigate half and restrict them to counter attacking hockey again thanks to some great team passing and movement!
Overall this was a fantastic result against a very good team. Every player on the pitch put in a fantastic performance and we looked like a team that had played at least some hockey together before this game. A massive thank you to all, especially to Bondy for taking umpire to the clubhouse! A 3-1 win and a place in the 3rd Round, bring on the 8th March!
Person of the Match - Kim Tyrell
Dick of the Day - Glyn  Knaresborough (even got votes from his 2 girls!)!


Many thanks



Monday 12th January 2015

6 Hour First Aid in Sport

  Date:  11 th  March 2015

Venue:  Havant Leisure Centre

Time:  9.00am – 4.00pm (includes 1 hour lunch break)

Price:  £20 for coaches signed up to Coaching Hampshire & IOW or £25 for others.

  Booking deadline: 11 th  February 2015

  This 6 hour course covers all the essential first aid for sport. It is recognised for use in the workplace and supports the UKCC coaching requirements.

 The course will include all relevant sporting type injuries and will be delivered by trainers who are medics and sports coach educators.

 All candidates will receive a training pack and certificate.

Bookings are now available and must be made online  click here

If you have any questions please contact me.

Kind Regards,

Emily Sanderson
Assistant Project Officer (Coaching)
Sport Hampshire & IOW
Hampshire County Council, Castle Avenue, Winchester SO23 8UL
tel 01962 846818
email  Emily.Sanderson@hants.gov.uk
website  www.sporthampshireiow.co.uk



Monday 12th January 2015

David Davenport.

Funeral Arrangements. for David Davenport.

Dear Member,

The funeral arrangements for Dave Davenport, have been announced. The service will take place at St Wilfred’s Church, Padnell Road, Cowplain. PO8 8DZ on Monday 9th February at 12.45.

"Stick with Friends" Bill Jones.

You will be sorry to learn that David Davenport, husband of Elaine, and father to Tim, died on January 11th  from what is believed to have been a heart attack. Many of you may know David had a heart bypass operation about 12 years ago and seemed to make a complete and full recovery. So much so, that he would run several miles each day to maintain his fitness.

David loved running almost as much as his hockey. Sadly, he died at the end of one such run at about 10.30 Sunday morning. David and Elaine were huge supporters of Havant Hockey Club, even when their son Tim, one of the best young players to emerge from our youth system, moved to Bath Buccaneers, David and Elaine would still come to Havant Hockey Club to offer their support. 

This is the second sad loss of a club member in as many weeks. On 2nd January 2015, we attended the Funeral of Cdr David Morris, another excellent supporter of Havant Hockey Club. God Bless.

"Stick with friends"

Bill Jones. Chairman. Havant Hockey Club.


Wednesday 7th January

Jimi Lewis recently married Alexandra Goelz. HHC wish them well.

Sunday 28th December 2014

David Morris passed away peacefully on December 19th. As you may know he suffered from MND over the last 18 months. He had fought tirelessly and doggedly against the effects of the disease and maintained his independence and humour throughout.  Sadly, he could not fight it any longer.
I know how much he appreciated having been part of Havant Hockey Club and wanted to let those more long standing members know.
The funeral service is to be held at The Oaks Crematorium, Havant, at 11:30 on Friday 2nd January. 
Please no flowers, donations if desired to David Morris tribute fund reference ( 373779)  MNDA.  www.mndcommunity.org/tributefund

Normal Sunday Service Resumes.

                                             (Hockey this Sunday ~ 26th October 2014)

Dear Team,

Do you remember those halcyon Sundays...Church in the morning, an early lunch and then off to watch Havant Men's first X1 in National League action.....back to the clubhouse for a couple of pints......home for a few hours nap, and awake just in time for "Match of the Day Two" what bliss!

Well you have a chance to relive our National League experience This Sunday Afternoon. when our Men take on tricky National League Side "Indian Gymkhana"  at 2pm, at Havant College. At the time of writing our Men and indeed our ladies First Teams are playing really well, but Sunday could be a test for our Men's team, which has had to be rebuilt, following the departure of seven players, and the Coach from last season.

So what do we have to offer? and how can I ease you out of your arm chair and away from the afternoon film!.....Having said that we have lost seven of our squad from last season, I have to say you won't notice....we have kept the best of what we had, and they are performing at the top of their game, and really support each other at speed! 

We have added a bit of Indian magic in Sandeep, a world class penalty corner taker who is lightening quick with his drag flick. (Don't stand behind the goal, even with wire fence) Then there is Mark and Thomas from Poland, they are also lightening quick in midfield, and up front we are scoring some super goals, and our young forwards are "National League quality".....come and judge for yourself.

Mind you! On Sunday we face a National League Team, and we will be able to judge just how far we have come....We have a new Coach in Ady Adams, assisted by the very experienced Steve (Nellie) Lawson....Jim Dury is back as Manager, and on the field the team are under Doctor Raj Laly's orders.....so this Sunday, arrange your early lunch, and come to Havant College at 2pm to support our Men's first X1.

I have a feeling.....and I don't get many these days......You won't be disappointed.

kind regards.

Bill Jones.

"Stick with Havant Hockey Club"



October 13th 2014

We now have defibrillators installed, one in the club house, and the second in the pump house at the pitch . A group of members have been trained on their use. Further training will be given shortly ,any one interested please let me know.
David Bartlett



August 2014

Havant borough Council have a number of courses available through the Community First project. Click the link to find details on their flyer.

Training Courses


August 10th 2014

The mother of Jan Harverson sadly passed away on 8th August 2014. Many times Edith would be there to support Jan and the Haymakers, and I am sure many people would like to pay their respects.

Ediths funeral service is to be held at Havant Crematorium Bartons Road Havant at 2.30 p.m on Thursday 21st August 2014 and afterwards at Havant Hockey Club. Jan, Bernie and the family would welcome anyone who would like to join them in remembering her.


July 9th 2014 Newsletter Summer Special


Even in the summer break there is lots of news and things happening behind the scenes in preparation for next season.

Clive Lloyd a member of HHC for over 50 years was awarded the prestigious 3 X Ds shield by Sheila Lonsdale, a top award from HHC. Clive has been the Treasurer of the Club and bar manager. Congratulations Clive, a very worthy 

Merijin Van Willigen
Merijin has been the Mens1st XI coach for the past 5 years and has resigned from this position. He did a super job for us, not only on the pitch but also to the management of the Club. We wish Merijin well as he takes up position as coach to a  Reading Ladies team. We hope he maintains his links with HHC.

Ady Adams joined HHC a few seasons ago and during his time has been a terrific success working with the Mens 2nd XI but also supporting Merijin. Last season with the 2nd XI they won the Surrey Division 1 Championship and also the Hants Cup. In addition to this Ady was voted HHCs coach of the season. So it is great to hear that Ady has accepted the position of Mens 1st XI coach. We wish him and the squad every success next season and beyond.

Mark Robinson will be a new name to many at HHC, he is taking up the position of Ladies 1st XI coach. Mark is a highly qualified and experienced level 3 coach. We give a big welcome to Mark and look forward to working with him next season.

Laura Howe has accepted the delightful challenge and honour of becoming the Ladies Club Captain. The executive committee are thrilled that she lowers the average age by a few decades!!! Laura is a sports teacher so we anticipate great things on the pitch!

Emma is another of our young stars to be promoted and has taken on the captaincy of the Ladies 1st XI.

Richard Cook has covered many roles in the club with aplomb and vigour during his 15 years with us. Richard has taken on the position as Ladies 1st XI Manager, they now have a super strong team on and off the pitch, what a season this promises to be..

Enjoy the sun and summer, keep fit and keep well.

Lucy Sharp



Havant Hockey still the top club in Hampshire


Despite the disappointment of their Mens first X1 being relegated from Hockeys National league this season, Havant Hockey Club demonstrated that they are still the top club in Hampshire and a force to be reckoned with after they took home most of the silverware in the Hampshire Cup Finals held at Bournemouth on Bank Holiday Monday.

 Five Havant teams reached the finals more than any other club in the county, and the club showed that there is strength in depth, with juniors and seniors teams up for honours.

Havant 1 st XI v Fareham 1 st Men

Havant may not have started as favourites, but ran out 2-1 winners and deserved their victory, having out fought Fareham to win the Hampshire Cup final.

Havant started strongly and had the better of the first twenty minutes, but found themselves 1-0 down, after number one runner Craig Duffy deflected a penalty corner into the roof of the net. Havant responded within five minutes when Jonathan Pickett flicked the equaliser from a penalty corner into the corner of the goal.

 Fareham looked the more dangerous of the teams in attack, but could not break down a resolute Havant defence or beat Ben Cowling in the Havant goal. Before half time Havant nearly took the lead after Craig Duffy rattled the Fareham post.

 The second half was a scrappy affair and did not match the first half hockey, but the tension made up for this. Fareham created more pressure, but it was Havant who scored the winner after arguably man of the match James Lester scored a classy solo goal after beating a number of Fareham defenders, entering the Fareham circle and beating George Harris in the Fareham goal with an unstoppable shot into the corner.

 Fareham mounted a number of penetrating late attacks but Havant’s defence held firm with Ben Cowling making a number of outstanding saves. With seconds on the clock Fareham looked like they had equalised, but could not force the ball over the line and the resulting penalty corner in overtime went wide of the goal to break Fareham’s recent domination of the competition and give Havant a well deserved win.


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Havant 2 nd XI v Haslemere 2nd Men

Havant never produced the hockey that saw them win the league this season and were frustrated by a Haslemere team that battled away with a very spirited performance.

 Havant took the lead after Merijn van Willigen had deflected a penalty corner in the first half. Havant created other first half opportunities, but either lacked the final touch or was thwarted by an outstanding display by the Haselemere goalkeeper.

 Hashemite deserved their equaliser mid way through the second half and had other opportunities to take the lead, but could not capitalise from a number of breakaways, were they outnumbered the Havant defence.

 Havant despite having territory advantage could not force another goal and even had two penalty corners taken off the line by a defender. The game ended 1-1 and a penalty flick competition settled the title. The first 5 penalty flicks were scored by both teams and in sudden death Havant ran out eventual winners 15 to 14. This capped a great season and congratulations should go to coach Ady Adams and his team with winning the league and cup.

Under 16 boys 

 With a goal after 5 minutes in each half from Captain Jadon Buckeridge, Havant Under 16 boys looked in control of their Hampshire Cup Final against hosts Bournemouth.

But minutes later after each score Bournemouth drew level and in the latter part of the game they sensed victory aided by some indiscipline from the Havant side, but in the final minute Milo Wrenn played a clever pass to Tom Minall, who calmly finished lifting the ball over an advancing keeper into the Bournemouth net.

Although Bournemouth mounted a desperate counter from the restart it was all to no avail and the National Under 16 Finalists finished the season Hampshire champions. 

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Under 14 boys

Havant Under 14 Boys proved too strong for local opposition Fareham overpowering them 6-0 to complete a good day for Havant and to complete an impressive season for this talented but hardworking group. 

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A 9.30am push back did not aid preparation, as did losing three players overnight due to injury and illness, and one in the warm up with a facial injury. Despite these set backs Havant battled well throughout the game, but went down 2-0 against Trojans to become Hampshire Cup runners up. 



Your Executive Committee have agreed that we should respond positively to a request to complete the recent  ENGLAND HOCKEY  -  CLUB SURVEY. 

The benefit to the Club could be that we receive a substantial discount of our affiliation fees, if we can generate lots of responses!!.

Will you please, therefore make a contribution by completing the PLAYER SURVEY using the following link:           http://tinyurl.com/ntv2q85
We are confident you will be able to reflect your honest, positive responses in the best traditions of HAVANT HOCKEY CLUB.  We will receive feedback which will help us allocate our resources and plan for the future.  Please be confident that your Committee will provide you with feedback and a plan of actions which we believe are beneficial to the success of the club.

Your anonymity is guaranteed.  The results will be compiled.

The closing date is 31st May 2014, but please do it as soon as you can.  10/15 minutes is all you need.
Many Thanks
Geoff Newbold
Director of Administration
Havant Hockey Club
27th April 2014  




Len Partridge

PARTRIDGE Leonard Ernest (Len) Passed away on March 12, 2014, aged 95 years. Funeral at St John the Baptist, Purbrook, on Thursday, March 27 at 1.00 p.m. followed by burial in Hulbert Road Cemetery, Waterlooville. Flowers welcome, can be sent to Gradys Funeral Directors, Hayling Island.

 Mr P was an umpire for Havant Ladies for many years. He is fondly remembered by those for whom he umpired. Our thoughts go to Janet Rye at this sad time.

Norma, Jean, (Nellie) Dyer. 30th July 1948 - 3rd March 2014.

It is with much personal sadness that I report the death of Norma Dyer, or as she was so affectionately known by so many at Havant Hockey Club, “Nellie”.

Norma was born in Portsmouth as twin to her sister Pat and until this very sad loss they were inseparable. Both enjoyed a strong social life in North Hayling and they became very fond of holidaying on cruise ships, the last of which was to the Mediterranean in November 2013.

The early life for Norma, Pat and brother Fred involved much travel following their Father, also Fred, with his employment in the cotton trade. This took the family to many parts of the world including the Sudan and Oldham. It was in Oldham where the children attended Green Hill Grammar School before returning to Hayling Island.

On leaving school, Norma joined the WRENS and served in Yeovilton and also HMS Daedalus, Gosport. In 1970. both Norma and Pat joined Havant Ladies Hockey Club and soon after became founder members of Havant Mixed Hockey team. During this period many players were awarded nick names for no apparent reason and some stuck including “Nellie” for Norma. Both Norma and Pat were also dedicated workers for charity, raising in excess of two hundred and fifty thousand pounds for the RNLI. A commitment which deserved recognition by a higher authority.

Normas decline in health, may well have begun with a foot injury but this was complicated by diabetes. Norma was able to keep her diabetes under control for much of the time, however following another injury, Norma was admitted to the Queen Alexandra Hospital on 20 th December 2013. It was here that the staff discovered an infection in Norma’s foot and eventually she had to have her leg removed below the knee. Sadly, due to complications Norma died at 3.15 pm on Monday of this week. Pat, brother Fred, her godson and close family friend Mike Wooff were at Norma’s bedside for her final hours. May she now rest in peace. God bless you Nellie.

Bill Jones. Havant Hockey Club. “Stick with Friends”



19th September 2013

Both our 1st XIs are in league action this weekend and both at Havant College. 
On Saturday 21st our Ladies are in action against Maidenhead pushing back at 1.30pm.  This match will be the beginning of the 2013-2014 season for the ladies.  They will go into the game well prepared having played 5 pre-seasonal fixtures under the new coach of Luke Stone.  These fixtures have provided opportunities for Luke to get the ladies focused on specific aspects to the game and for them to form a bond.  This season not only sees a new coach, but also some new faces that have joined the club, these being Georgie Poole and Verity Holder.  The side also sees familiar faces that have been involved within the team over the past season such as Nicky Wright, Zoe Stride, Katie Paxman, Sophie Brigg, Amanda Hilsdon, Lauren Wake, Lauren Thomas-Peters, Katie Pugh, Anna Reynolds, Stephanie Lurshay and captain Kimberley Tyrell.

On Sunday 22nd our men welcome Cheltenham for our second league game of the season pushing back at 2.00pm. Both Havant and Cheltenham lost their first league games of the season, Havant went down 2-0 away at Bath Buccaneers, whilst Cheltenham lost 1-4 at home against Cardiff. Attached are the results from week one of the West Conference league.
Both teams will therefore be very keen to get three points on the board. As we know from last season a slow start creates pressure at the bottom of the table and a win on Sunday will boast confidence. It was this home fixture that produced one of the most exciting games of last season. Cheltenham scored three-first half goals and were three goals to one up with 3 minutes to go. With the game seemingly beyond us two Havant goals in the last three minutes of the game gave us a share of the spoils.
Havant will have available for selection a couple of players who were unavailable last weekend. One of these players is James Speke who only arrived at Portsmouth University last weekend from the Midlands. James was top scorer in the Midlands Premier and should provide more options in attack. 
For those of you who enjoy watching more than one game of hockey in a day, we also host at Havant College two under 18 games either side of the 1st XI match on Sunday. At 11.30am our under 18 girls take on Sunbury and Walton in round 1 of the England Hockey Cup and at 3.45pm our under 18 boys take on Guildford also in the 1st round of the England Hockey cup. The refreshment van has been organised!!

23rd August 2013


Are you a member of a committee or perform a role in Havant Hockey Club?

Char OCallaghan ( charlotte.ocallaghan@mac.com ), who is responsible for the clubhouse Notice Board, would like a ‘mug shot’ of you to put up on the board so its easy for all players to know who you are, and who does what. 

 Would you be so kind as to email a photograph that resembles yourself to Charlotte?

 Many thanks!



 July 31st 2013

Community Open Day at Havant Civic Centre

This successful event took place on Tuesday 16th July 2013. Havant were honoured to have Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, as a visitor to the event.

The objective of this event was to showcase to members of the public, statutory, business and voluntary sector organisations. These were set up in a community market place setting for members of the public to gain a better understanding of services and organisations available to them for help and advice, and to encourage them to get involved in taking an active role in community organisations for themselves.

Havant Hockey Club had a stall manned by Richard Cook and other Club members throughout the day, and they were very happy with the positive responses by the public and local government officers. 

Richard and Bill Princess Anne and Bill Jones!
An unsure Princess Anne and Bill! What did Bill say?!

Photographs courtesy of Malcolm Harris, Hayling Island

  Leaflet given out at the event


July 26th 2013

Arthur (Biffa) Downham’s Memorial Day

This took place at Havant College on Saturday 20 th July.

Everyone taking part was asked to contribute £5 (or more if they wished) to go to a charity of Arthurs familys choice.

On a hot day many friends and family took the opportunity to remember Arthur.

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July 23rd 2013

Funeral arrangements for Jack Cook

The family of Jack Cook have announced that a service will take place at Chichester Crematorium, at 3.30 on Friday 26 th July 2013. There will be a small gathering after the service, but Mike & Christine would like to remember Jack at the next Havant Hockey Club Presidents Day, being held on Sunday 12 th January 2014.

Jacks Family have requested no flowers please, but any donations can be sent to:

Havant Hockey Club

C/O J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Directors

13, St Georges Walk

Town Centre Waterlooville



If you are planning to attend Jack’s funeral, a Havant Hockey Club tie from any period would be most appropriate.

“Stick with Friends” Bill Jones.


July 12th 2013

John (Jack) Frederick Risden Cook.

13 th May 1919 ~ 8 th July 2013.

Jack Cook, at 94, the oldest active member of Havant Hockey Club and one of the best loved, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday of this week at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Cosham, after contracting Pneumonia.  

Jack, as he was known, was born in India where his father was in the British Army. Jack went to school there and followed his father’s example by joining the Royal Norfolk Regiment as a Band Boy, where he played the clarinet. During World War II Jack saw action in Italy and on various fronts, leaving in 1947 to join civi street. He met and married Dorothy and at about the same time joined a company in West London called Teddingtons Thermostat Manufacturers. He also became a playing member of Walton Hockey Club until 1962, before securing a position with Vickers Sperry Rand, of Havant. 

Jack and Dorothy had one daughter Christine, and they moved to the family home in Waterlooville where Jack lived until his passing. He was a keen gardener and specialised in garlic, onions and tomatoes and was happily working in his vegetable beds until just a few days before he died.

In 1962 Jack continued his connection with sport and joined Havant Hockey Club where he made an instant impression and many friends. He was Team Secretary, and towards the end of his playing career he took up Umpiring. Jacks quiet manner and beaming smile often got him out of the odd enquiry.... “What was that for Umpire?” Jack would respond and put the enquirer completely off guard with something like...”You’re wearing odd socks”!

Jack also has the distinction of being the first member of Havant Hockey Club to fall foul of the new Drink & Drive rules. He was caught and banned for 12 months. The Hockey club took pity on Jack and also needed him to keep involved, so they invested in a bicycle. Jack rode this bike for a year until his sentence was served, and then returned the bicycle to the club. It was decided to raffle this mode of transport, and a draw was made at a function at Havant Rugby club; it so happened that I had bought the winning ticket.

 Jack may well have been 94, and the oldest active member of our club, but he was also a great supporter to the very end and a patron for many years. With the help of transport from son-in-law Mike, and on occasions Colin and Linda Bullimore, he would attend Presidents Day, Sponsors Lunches, committee Outings and was Guest of Honour at the opening of our new pitch in 2012. I know he was very touched to have had his photograph on the front cover of last season’s fixture card. I gave him half a dozen copies so that he could send this and the name of Havant Hockey Club to his relatives and friends all over the world.

God Bless Jack.

 Bill Jones.

“Stick with friends”  


June 26th 2013

The Funeral arrangements have been announced for our friend and colleague Ben French. The service will take place at 1.45, on Tuesday 2nd July, at St James Church, 19, Church Path, Emsworth, PO107.
A request has been made for family flowers only please, any donations to The Rowans Hospice, C/O Michael Miller & Partners, 27a High Street, Petersfield. GU323JR. If you are planning to attend the service, a Havant Hockey Club tie from any period would be most acceptable.
Bill Jones. 
"Stick with friends"


June 25th 2013

John Harvey-Samuel. 15.11.1934- 21st June 2013.

 Cmdr John Harvey-Samuel, a member of Havant Hockey Club for over forty years, died unexpectedly at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, at 10.20am on Friday 21st June. John was a keen supporter of Havant Hockey Club to the very end, and spent his last evening with 50 of his friends and former playing colleagues at the Hockey Clubs annual Golf Day and dinner held at Rowlands Castle Golf Club. John, leaves wife Jane, daughter Julie, and sons Ian and James.

Educated at Chaterhouse School, sport featured strongly in Johns life, He was a determined half back for our “A” Team, and was also a very accomplished golfer, a member of both Liphook and Rowlands Castle Golf Club, where he played each Tuesday with Paul Dryden, Peter Pugsley, and Nigel Gauntlett.

 John had an interesting James Bond style professional life as an officer in the Royal Navy. In the 1960s at the height of the Cold War, he became part of the British Intelligence Service and was made Assistant British Naval attaché to Moscow, but on 25th March 1964, the British Foreign Office was forced to make an official protest to the Soviet Union, after John was drugged along with two American Officers whist on a visit to the Black Sea Port of Odessa.

Johns ability to speak fluent Russian was helpful to Hockey on several occasions. In 1986 he was Liaison Officer to the Russian International team at Willesden, and provided a similar service for Havant in the 1992 European B Championships, but John was forced to use all of his diplomatic skills when acting as interpreter for another Soviet Block team visiting Havant. Peter Davies was the Havant Club Captain, and in his post match speech, asked, “What they had done with Cmdr “Buster” Crabb?”!

 John enjoyed an active life to the end, he was a member of the MCC and would attend the first day of a test match each season. He was also a regular in the congregation of St Huberts Church, Idsworth. John will be missed not only by his family but also his many friends and sporting colleagues.

 God Bless. 

“Stick with friends”

Bill Jones.

Following a private, family only cremation, a service will be held for Captain. John Harvey-Samuel, at St Huberts Church, Idsworth, PO8 OBA at 2.30pm on 25th July . Car sharing is strongly advised as there is very limited parking at Idsworth.


Wednesday May 8th 2013

Notice of the Annual General meeting of Havant Hockey Club.

Dear Member,

I write to give notice, that the Annual General meeting of the members of Havant Hockey Club, will take place in our clubhouse, The Pavilion, Havant Park. On Tuesday June 11th next at 7.30, and I invite you to attend.

In compliance with the rules of this club, A member wishing to raise any business and being entitled to attend and vote at a General Meeting, must give notice in writing to me by return.

I will write to you again nearer the above date with the agenda, and would respectfully request that you mark this very important occasion in your diary, and do your very best to attend. The Executive Committee would also welcome members and representatives from every section of Havant Hockey Club, especially if you are no longer a playing member.

May I also on behalf of President Chris Pickett and the Executive Committee, thank you for your contribution during the past season. Finally, should you wish to offer yourself for consideration as an Officer of this great club, or nominate a fellow member, I would be delighted to hear from you. Havant Hockey Club is an equal opportunities sporting organisation.

Kind regards.

Bill Jones. Chairman. “Stick with Friends”

26th May 2013

As promised, I attach the agenda for the Annual General Meeting of Havant Hockey Club, which will take place in our clubhouse Havant Park, on Tuesday 11th June next, at 7.30pm. You may remember that at our last AGM, we had to announce the disappointing news that we would not be able to fulfil our ambition to have two pitches on a local school site, due to decisions beyond our control. However, Havant Hockey Club is known for its resilience both on and off the pitch and at very short notice Barry Bradley and members of our relocation team arranged to have a new carpet fitted to our existing pitch, which you will have enjoyed during this past season.
We have not relented though in our plans to build two pitches and a clubhouse on one location and since June 2012 we have been working hard searching for suitable sites. Our relocation team have visited a number of potential venues and held several meetings and although we are at a very early stage in negotiations we may have identified a possible new site and hope to meet those with influence in the next week or so. Robin Johns will give a presentation at the AGM on any developments and progress to date. May I, on behalf of Mr President Chris Pickett, urge you to do your very best to attend the AGM of Havant Hockey Club, on Tuesday 11th June 2013, at 7.30pm at The Clubhouse, Havant Park.
Bill Jones. 
Chairman Havant Hockey Club.
"Stick with friends" 


1. Presidents Welcome.                                                     Chris Pickett

 2. Apologies for absence.

 3. Approval of the minutes of the last AGM 12th June 2012.

 4. Matters Arising.

 5. Chairmans Report.                                                       Bill Jones

 6. Mens, Ladies, and Junior Reports.                                 Hard Copy

 7. Relocation Update.                                                       Robin Johns

 8. Financial Report.                                                        Stuart Rowe

Break for refreshments.

 9. Setting of Match Fees and Subscriptions.                       Stuart Rowe

 10. Election of Officers.                                                  Chris Pickett

 11. Election of Vice Presidents.                                         Chris Pickett

 12. Any Other Business.

 13. Date of next AGM. Tuesday 10th June 2014


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