Magpies May Day Weekend Hockey Festival – Saturday 30 April/Monday 2 May 2016

Dear All

Magpies May Day Weekend Hockey Festival – Saturday 30 April/Monday 2 May 2016

The Festival is under a week away. Pitches are being prepared and running orders and catering finalised. So far 41 teams have entered of which 10 teams are Magpies and a number of others have a Magpie connection or two.

I am sure we will have another great weekend of hockey but more help is required in the form of players, parents or friends of the club. In particular we (James and Kirstin) are looking for the following:

Umpires – More volunteers to umpire would be appreciated for either the mixed competition on Saturday 30 April or the men’s and ladies’ club events on Monday 2 May. Any time you can spare on these days would help and for those not as experienced as some we will ensure you are umpiring with a more experienced umpire. Please contact Kirstin if you can help – kirstinjcumming@gmail.com or give Kirstin a call on 01986 788439.

Marquee assembly – On Friday evening we need to put up a marque for the organisers. This only takes half an hour with 4 people. Can anyone lend a hand between 5pm and 6pm? Please let James know on ssmith091@btinternet.com or call 01379 898767 / 07800 699074.

Pitch preparation – On Friday we need to mark out the two grass pitches, move the goals round and get the bins out. One of James’s favourite jobs. A second or even third pair of hands would be welcome. James will be at the club from 10.00am. Anyone able to spare some time again please let James know on ssmith091@btinternet.com or 01379 898767 / 07800 699074.

Catering – We can raise significant funds for the club by providing food for guest teams. Nothing too fancy, bacon rolls, hot dogs and filled rolls keeps players energy levels up – as well as mugs of tea, coffee and hot chocolate. However to do this we need a team of kitchen volunteers to prepare and serve. If you can spare 2 hours on either Saturday 30th April or Monday 2nd May please let Kirstin or James know. The slots we are looking to fill on each day are 10am to 12 noon, 12 noon to 2pm, 2pm till 4pm and 4pm till 6pm.

General Tournament Duties

If you would like to help at the event but think your skills are not suited to any of the above please let James know…..a pair of willing hands on the day to keep the organisers sane is always welcome.

This is a challenging and tiring event to put together but over the last 20 years of my involvement with the help of the wider club we have always pulled it off and have made a success of the day. The only such tournament left in the East of England. If you can help in anyway next weekend please do step forward and get in touch with Kirstin or James.

Many thanks.

James & Kirstin

25/4/16