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Peter Galliers Memorial cricket match

Please note that this annual event is being held on Sunday 28th July, starts 2.00PM.  If you're free pop along to support

The match will be between an Andy Galliers XI v Development XI

We hope for good weather and a great game

Author - psym
Date - 19/07/19

AGM presentations

The following presentations were made at the meeting:

Ian Smith

Ian served on the Executive for 20 years, from 1981 - 2001 as Team Secretary.  A demanding role to ensure that teams were in the right place  at the right time for their games!!  The intention had been to make this presentation when he stood down but for various reasons it didn't happen.  He has been to support the Men's team when they won the West championship recently and was with us again at the meetin.  Great to see him back.

Colin Bullimore

After 30 years as both Umpires Manager & Umpires Director Colin is standing down, our thanks for all that he has done in this role to develop and manage the Club's umpires.  Remember players - we can't have a game without them!

Derek & Sharman

Derek has been the Patrons Programme Co-Ordinator since 2015 and will be continuing as the 1st XI match day programme editor.  Sharman has been both the Club photographer and Website Content Manager  since 2014.  Whilst still being involved with the Club they are looking to have a well deserved rest from service.

Peter Symonds

Peter was presented with the Teddy Lonsdale 3D award at the dinner dance but Sheila Lonsdale was unable to attend.  She kindly came to the meeting to be able to make the award to Peter herself.

Sara Walsh

Sara has held the very important role of Club Welfare Officer since 2016.  Again a demanding role with the ever increasing requirements for the welfare & safeguarding of our young players.  

Our thanks to all our award winners for everything they have done for us.

"Stick with friends"

Author - cpic
Date - 23/06/19

Clubmark presentation

Following the recent announcement that we have successfully completed accreditation Geoff Newbold, our Clubmark Co-ordinator presented the certificate to our Chairman at the Annual General Meeting.

Geoff gave an update on the accreditation journey which can be accessed here

Author - psym
Date - 20/06/19

Stephen Downham appointed Hampshire Chairman

I am delighted to announce that Havant Hockey club member Stephen Downham has become Hampshire Chairman on the retirement of Mike Ward at the recent Hampshire AGM. Stephen and indeed his family have been long term and much valued members of our club and I could not be more pleased that a member of Havant has taken the top job in Hampshire Hockey.

Stephen  first played for Havant in 1968 as a goalkeeper, whilst at school. He played soccer at school and also played hockey when the opportunity arose.   Having left school Stephen played soccer for Emsworth in the Sussex Premier league, but in a cup match had his ankle broken and to recover his sister, who played for Havant ladies, suggested he came for a runout with the mixed run by Gwynedd Davies. In the first season he played left back in front of a young keeper (Bill Jones). As a frequent scorer he then played up front where he played much of his club hockey. 

Over time he played for every men's team in the club, in every position. Following a back injury playing in Holland, he had to stop playing, so took up the whistle and has been umpiring for the County for over 14 years . He has recently been coaching umpires and this season has been appointed a few times for NUPA as match delegate for both East and West Conference games ( Men and Women) .

Historically Stephen first joined the Hampshire committee about 1982, when Mike Ward was President . Peter Coote was also on the Hampshire committee in those days. Between 1982 and 1992 Stephen was County Secretary and for part of that time he was also County Treasurer. All this was before the men and women merged. More recently he joined the County committee in 2009 and since 2011 has served as Chris Bond's Deputy as County Discipline Officer. 

During all this time Stephen has held several club positions, some more than once, including Club Captain and Secretary. 

Chris Pickett
Club Chairman

Author - psym
Date - 02/06/19

Clubmark award confirmed

On behalf of the Executive I am pleased to announce that the Club has obtained the England Hockey CLUBMARK accreditation at the first pass.  

This is the latest quality standard to be offered by England Hockey and carries with it considerable advantages.  CLUBMARK opens doors to our marketing and recruitment of players of all ages and levels and it provides a high standard to offer to sponsors, partners and potential funding sources.  For further background on this award please follow the link

The standard was achieved via outstanding teamwork from a number of members.  The Executive played a vital role by actively supporting and contributing to the variety of evidence required to make the grade.

As coordinator, I wish to thank in particular Peter Symonds and Barry Bradley for their commitment and sustained input during the assessment of our evidence.  This achievement compliments the Club’s vision and ambition to be a progressive and high achieving Club.

Geoff Newbold
Clubmark Coordinator

Author - psym
Date - 28/05/19