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Fiona Pollard

Fiona sadly passed away on 19th June with her family around her.

Fiona Jane Lawrie was born in Huddersfield, and attended King’s College Hospital to study dentistry -  a strange choice, as her sister Morag remembers Fiona having a brace fitted in her mid-teens, which she never wore, becoming expert finding hiding places! 

At King’s Fiona met her future husband, Howard. They married in 1981, settling in Brackley, where they worked as associates before purchasing a run-down practice in Cosham, Portsmouth which they built into a successful business. During this time Fiona also served as a magistrate, which she did for 24 years until 2015 rising to the position of Monday bench Chairman.

In 1991 Fiona and Howard were overjoyed to be joined by Alasdair, and 2 years later Iain was born. With the family now complete, Fiona focused everything around Howard, Alasdair, and Iain… and she was always in her element when entertaining –  woe betide ANYONE who interfered with her kitchen!

The family developed a passion for skiing even though the boys soon left Fiona behind. This came with the usual mishaps of gashed knees and broken shoulders. When she went to see the consultant regarding her shoulder, he told her, “Its healed very well, but I’m afraid you won’t be skiing on that shoulder again.’” As one might expect Fiona’s response was, “That’s not a problem, I’ve got another one!”

In June 2011 Fiona retired and immediately threw herself into her hobbies of quilting, fabric design, flower arranging and cycling with the Rowlands Rollers – even undertaking the Hayling-to-Holland ride, and completing 350 miles in 5 days. Friends remember getting lost in Holland - the men got out the GPS – Fiona pulled out a map and found the hotel within a minute!  Golfing was tried but dismissed, with Fiona’s concern for the safety of others if she continued!

All in all Fiona had a happy fulfilling life, even when her illness got in the way she held her chin up and carried on not letting anyone – including Howard – know her pain. It was only in the last 6 months she suffered. Even this didn’t stop her travelling with the Rollers to Newquay or seeing her beloved puffins in Northumberland.

Donations can still be made, in her memory, to both Rowan's Hospice and the Hampshire Air Ambulance.  If anyone would still like to contribute donations can be sent to Lee Fletcher Funeral Services, 95 High Street, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3AZ

Author - psym
Date - 21/08/19

Wine Fayre 2019

This year's event has now been confirmed and will be run by the Ladies 1st XI - thank you

Details are in the poster above, including how to obtain tickets.  This event is always popular so don't miss out!!!
Author - psym
Date - 19/08/19

Monica "Lisa" Blake

Monica "Lisa" Blake 12th March 1940 - 11th August 2019

As your may have heard via your usual source Monica, or as we all knew her Lisa Blake, passed away at the Queen Alexandra Hospital Cosham on Saturday 10th August following a long illness.

Lisa and her husband Marc were very much part of the Havant Hockey Club family, although Lisa’s sporting talents were many, she was a keen and accomplished Golfer, a talented Tennis player and later in her life became a good lawn bowls player.

Lisa was born and spent much of her formative life in Sevenoaks Kent. In the early 1960s she moved to London and attended Guy’s Hospital where she was learning to become a Nurse. It was at Guy’s that she met trainee Dentist Marc. On January 26th, 1963, Marc & Lisa returned to Sevenoaks, Kent where they were married. 

Marc & Lisa’s travels took them to several areas of the South of England, before becoming a resident of Havant, where Marc was an influential player for Havant Hockey Club. They were also pivotal figures at The Avenue Tennis Club.

Despite all of the sporting fixtures and a busy dental practice, daughter Anna says “Lisa was, an amazing Mother and they shared a loving and happy home life”

Lisa, leaves behind Husband Marcus and three children, Lorna, Rupert, and Anna.

The funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised, but a service will be held at Warblington Church, details will follow.

Lisa Your many friends at Havant Hockey Club are thinking of you and your family, God Bless 

Author - psym
Date - 19/08/19

Ladies who launch 2019 / 2020

If you don't make it to any of the pre-season training or Back2Hockey sessions during the summer (info below), then be sure to be at our season launch. This will be an informal evening starting with an all abilities mix in on the Havant college pitch from 7-8.30pm, followed by a chance to socialise and meet other players over a few drinks and a pizza. All are very welcome - new and existing members.  Please note change of date from original notification.

The Ladies section of Havant Hockey Club is one of the largest, most diverse and vibrant in the South, offering hockey for every level. Whether you are looking to return to the game, play for fitness and enjoyment or seek the buzz of competitive league and cup hockey, across our five senior teams we have a standard of hockey to suit every player.

All of our members have the chance to benefit from the provision of excellent coaching across the club, including Centrally Contracted Coaches closely associated with England Hockey. Dedicated coaching programmes are appropriately pitched to members of the ladies section so, whether it be for our 1st Team to our 5th Team, the opportunity to both train and seek enjoyment and improvement from the game has never been more accessible than at Havant. 

Whether you are relocating to the area for school, work or university (we have excellent relationships with both Portsmouth and Chichester Universities), we believe we can offer the right standard and style of hockey for every player....need we say more?!

So, if Havant Hockey Club sounds like the sort of club you can see yourself playing in come the 2019-2020 season (if not before!) then why not get in touch? Please don't hesitate to get in touch so that more details and playing opportunities can be provided.

Preseason Training: Commenced Tuesday 23rd July at Havant College (for 6 weeks) all welcome 6.30-8.30pm 

Season training: Commences 4th September at Havant College with 'Ladies who launch!' (Detailed above) and then on Wednesdays at the following times thereafter:

7 - 8.30PM          Club Training 

7.30 – 9.30PM     1st XI & 2nd XI Training 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Sue Robinson

Ladies Club Captain

Author - psym
Date - 11/08/19

Pitch Maintenance Day Saturday 31st August

To help ensure we are in good shape for the start of the season we will be holding a maintenance day on Saturday 31st August 9.30AM - 2.00PM.  

If you are able to come along, for all or part of the time and help please email Peter Symonds who will collate the names so that we can then plan the work.

As ever the more we have the quicker it goes and there will be some refreshments on offer!!!

Many thanks

Barry Bradley
Facilities Director
Author - bbra
Date - 04/08/19